Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea
Eintracht Frankfurt host Chelsea in their Europa League semi-final first-leg on Thursday night.
After two disappointing nights for Premier League teams in the Champions League, will today be more of the same?
This is a battle between the fourth-placed sides in the Bundesliga and Premier League. It promises to be a competitive two-legged affair.
Chelsea may be happy with a draw in the away tie as Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last 12 European home matches.
However, Eintracht, led by striker Luka Jovic, will be hoping to taking an advantage to Stamford Bridge next week.
Eden Hazard & Olivier Giroud
Gonzalo Higuain had a stinker last weekend at Man United in the league.
In fact, Higuain has struggled to impress during his loan spell at Chelsea since January.
Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, has been on fire for the Blues in the Europa League, scoring 10 goals in 9 matches.
The Times predict that Maurizio Sarri will start Giroud in attack versus Eintracht, while he’ll be flanked by Eden Hazard and Willian.
Hazard (19 goals in all competitions) has often produced his best performances while working in tandem with the French World Cup winner.
Looking at the Times’ other Chelsea XI predictions, there’s no room for Marcos Alonso at left-back. Emerson Palmieri will start instead.
N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Ross Barkley are tipped to start in midfield. Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely be on the bench.
Chelsea predicted XI
Eintracht Frankfurt predicted XI
Chelsea takeover update
The BBC’s Dan Roan has asked Britain’s wealthiest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, about rumours linking him with a takeover at Chelsea.
Ratcliffe confirmed that he’s had talks about the deal, saying:
You’d never say no but I don’t know where those conversations will finish. We have dipped our toe in the water with football, it’s a very different sport, quite a complicated sport.
We are learning. We haven’t got to where we are in the chemicals and business world by being impetuous, rash and stupid.
“You never say no, but I don’t know where those conversations will finish..”
I asked Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, if he wanted to buy Chelsea FC from Roman Abramovich. Certainly didn’t rule it out.. pic.twitter.com/jNkpzsTGdC
— Dan Roan (@danroan) May 1, 2019
Chelsea confirm 2019-20 home kit
While Eden Hazard is fronting the campaign, will the Belgian ever wear this kit?
Introducing our 2019/20 @nikefootball home kit! 👕
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 2, 2019