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Welcome to Sarri’s Bridge – Europa league match preview

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MATCH PREVIEW

Chelsea host Vidi at the Stamford Bridge, read on for more insight on this fixture as the Europa league takes center stage.

CHELSEA

The Blues had a very busy week which had everything to do with meeting Liverpool twice,EFL cup and then the premier league.They would be thankful for a much easier looking task as they meet Vidi. This competition might just be backdoor into the champion’s league and Sarri’s team have to consider each match with equal seriousness.

Their encounters with Liverpool last week could be considered a success on the overall. They came from behind to knock their opponents out of the EFL cup and earned a deserved draw in the premier league. In both matches they were very much in control of the proceedings and could easily have gotten the winner.

Chelsea boss and former Napoli handler Sarri would be impressed with his progress so far. They blues haven’t lost a game since losing to Manchester city in the community shield at the start of the season. So far, they have won seven of their last 9 games to stay in close contention for the league title. In the Europa league, they have also kicked with an away win at PAOK. They would be looking to build on that as they setup for this clash.

MOL VIDI

The Hungarian side are clearly the underdogs in the fixture and haven’t really made their mark on the European scene. This is just the second time in the clubs history that they have made it to the group stages of the competition.

They have had a poor run of form and only got to qualify for European competitions in 2010. They however struggled to make it past the qualifying rounds. It’s clear they wouldn’t be regarded as top contenders.

Their competition opener saw them lose at home by 2 goals to BATE. This time around coming away to play a much stronger opposition, would seem like a mountain too high to climb. They have also failed to find the net in their last three matches in the competition. Chelsea should have a comfortable outing in this one.

Key stats

• This would be the first meeting between these sides.
• This is the first time Chelsea would be playing a Hungarian opponent in the history of the club.
• Mol vidi last faced an English team in March 1985 when they met Manchester united in the quarter final of the competition. After two legs and aggregate at 1-1,Vidi progressed on penalties.
• Chelsea have never lost a European match at home (with exclusion of qualifiers) in any competition other than the champion’s league.
• Mol Vidi haven’t won any of their last six away matches in the Uefa Europa league, drawing one and losing five since 1985 when they defeated Madrid in a second leg match of the Europa cup final.

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