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Sparta Prague vs. Chelsea, Europa League: Lineups & Game Thread

It's a cold Thursday night, somewhere in Central Europe.

It's a netted cage of emotion!
It's a netted cage of emotion!
Laurence Griffiths

Hey there, Europa. How you doin'?

Looking good today...

Ready for some action?

I just want to love you, baby!

Let's do this.

Sparta Prague starting lineup (4-3-3):
Tomás Vaclík | Matej Hybs, Mario Holek, Ondrej Svejdík, Tomás Zápotocny | Marek Matejovsky, Lukás Vácha, Josef Husbauer | Ladislav Krejcí, David Lafata, Václav Kadlec

Substitutes from: Marek Cech, Manuel Pamic, Léonard Kweuke, Vlastimil Vidlicka, Roman Polom, Roman Bednár, Adam János

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta | Frank Lampard, Ramires | Marko Marin, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard | Fernando Torres

Substitutes from: Ross Turnbull, Ashley Cole, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, Yossi Benayoun, Nathan Ake

So that just about pretty much picked itself, didn't it? Bertrand gets the start in his natural position, for once, and gets the task of containing the speedy Kadlec. Also, Marko Marin!

Half the Sparta defense consists of midfielders - there are goals to be had here aplenty.

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