This Thursday night, Chelsea play their final group stage game as they travel to Hungary to face Mol Vidi. Chelsea have already secured 1st place and qualification with a perfect 5 wins from 5 and will look to finish the group with a 100% record, however Mol Vidi are currently 3rd but tied with BATE Borisov at 6 pts but are in need of at least a point or a win because BATE hold the H2H advantage. Mol Vidi might not even qualify with a win here, but they absolutely will have to go for it. For Chelsea this really is the most meaningless game they’ll have this season. Mol Vidi caused the English giants a ton of problems at Stamford Bridge losing just 1-0 and were quite unfortunate as they had a few chances themselves but missed so they should for sure be confident about an upset win here.
Mol Vidi have won 3 straight home games keeping a clean sheet in each of them.
All 5 Mol Vidi games in Europa League have had under 2.5 goals and in all games at least one team kept a clean sheet.
7 of Mol Vidi last 8 games in all competitions had under 2.5 goals.
Mol Vidi average 2.8 bookings per game in Europa League with 14 total in 5 games.
Both of Chelsea’s Europa League away games ended with them winning 0-1 against PAOK and BATE.
Chelsea have had 3 under 2.5 goals games and just 2 overs in Europa League this season.
Chelsea have only conceded 1 goal in 5 Europa League games.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has scored 6 goals in his last 8 apps for Chelsea.
Giroud has scored 3 goals in his last 2 apps in Europa League for Chelsea.
Chelsea have only seen 4 bookings in 5 UEL games this season just under 1 booking (0.8) per game. Near perfect.
Mol Vidi: The Hungarian side have a healthy side and are expected to field their strongest possible 11 for this match as they absolutely have to get something out of here to have a chance to advance.
Chelsea: Chelsea will field a back up side as they usually do in this competition. Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Kante, Hazard and even the goalkeeper Kepa are all definitely out while Kovacic, Cahill and Moses have picked up injuries and will also be out. With Cahill out that means youngster Ethan Ampadu should get a chance to start and partner up with Andreas Christensen. Willy Caballero will likely start in goal while Emerson and Zappacosta start in full back positions. We can expect youngster Hudson-Odoi to get a start after impressing against PAOK, Giroud will likely start up top over Morata.
Betting Tips and Predictions
Realistically, Chelsea should win this game however this really might be one to avoid backing them. It’s more than likely that Chelsea won’t take this game very seriously with a back up side and it should open up the Hungarian team an opportunity to snatch something. Backing a winner is best to avoid for this game. Under 2.5 goals at 1.91 is the pick to make here. Mol Vidi have literally had all unders in EL and in general they are a very under-ish side overall meanwhile Chelsea as we’ve seen haven’t played too well away from home with only 0-1 wins in both games and with a rotated side they’re not as strong as they normally would be and let’s not forget that the Hungarian side have done pretty well keeping them at bay in the reverse fixture only losing 1-0 in London. This really has a feel of quite a boring game with two organised sides and could very well end up being 0-0/1-0 either way.
Match Odds (Unibet)
Mol Vidi Win – 6.35
Draw – 4.25
Chelsea Win – 1.55
KICK OFF – 13th December 2018 – 5:55pm UK Time