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How Chelsea have been handed Europa League advantage

Timothy Aiyeku

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea have been handed a big advantage ahead of their Europa League quarterfinals clash against Slavia Prague.

The Czech outfit are being punished with a stadium closure after a series of incidents in their previous rounds. They have been investigated and found guilty. There is, therefore, a need to avert any of such at this critical stage.

It would be recalled that during their round of 32 tie against Genk on February 14, the fans went against the laws by setting up fireworks, throwing objects, crowd disturbance and blocking stairways.

However, the stadium would not be fully closed with UEFA’s disciplinary body ordering the closure of a number of sections in the Sinobo Stadium for the first leg which would be played on April 11 while they were also fined £32,000.

This is therefore expected to be a big advantage to the West London outfit as their opponents will not have a fully-parked stadium to cheer up the players.

Chelsea are therefore tipped as favourites ahead of the game as they hope to take advantage of their only chance of winning a trophy this season after losing out of the Premier League race as well as the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.