Chelsea vs. Sparta Prague: Selecting Rafa Benitez's Blues XI

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Chelsea vs. Sparta Prague: Selecting Rafa Benitez's Blues XI
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Who will Rafa Benitez select against Sparta Prague?

Chelsea face Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge on Thursday as they look to progress in the Europa League.

The Blues have a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg courtesy of Oscar's late strike in the Czech Republic, and given their home advantage, Rafa Benitez's side are expected to seal qualification to the Last 16.

Chelsea has a tricky away trip to Manchester City to contend with less than 72 hours after turning out against the Czechs, so the Spaniard will be dealt a selection headache.

Does he field his best XI in pursuit of the Europa League? Or does he take a risk, resting key players in the hope of earning a much-needed victory in the Premier League over City at the Etihad Stadium?

Indeed, the fixture list shows no sign of letting up for Chelsea, and with this in mind, Bleacher Report attempts to guess Bentiez's team selection for Thursday.

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