Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has room for manoeuvre tonight (Thursday) after a 1-0 win over Sparta Prague in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 encounter in the Czech Republic.

However, the Spaniard showed in the FA Cup clash against Brentford last week that he’d prefer to get the job done with senior players before making changes when the tie is put to bed.

That means Petr Cech should get the nod in goal ahead of Ross Turnbull, although captain John Terry and left-back Ashley Cole are both likely to be rested.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand are the probable starting full-backs, with Gary Cahill and David Luiz tipped to be the central partnership.

Frank Lampard will also miss out, leaving Ramires and John Obi-Mikel to play in the holding midfield positions as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Marko Marin gets another chance to impress on one flank for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard a possible starter centrally and Victor Moses on the opposite flank.

Fernando Torres will hope to get the nod ahead of Demba Ba in attack, as the Blues look to secure their place in the last 16 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea predicted line-up v Sparta Prague:

Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand; Ramires, John Obi-Mikel; Marko Marin, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses; Fernando Torres.

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