Chelsea travel to Switzerland to face Tottenham’s conquerors FC Basel in the Europa League semi-final first leg tonight.
Chelsea are the outright favourites to win the Europa League in the betting but they have a tough task on their hands against the free scoring Basel.
Basel knocked out Tottenham on penalties in the last round after 2-2 results in both legs of their quarter-final and the free scoring Swiss outfit will be a real threat to Chelsea tonight. Basel’s home form is fantastic, they are unbeaten in 17 competitive matches and before the Tottenham match had won their last four Europa League home matches to nil including wins against Sporting and Zenit.
Chelsea were dumped out of the Champions League and have lost two of their three away matches in the Europa League. Their schedule may well catch up with them before this season ends and their constant desire to rely on Fernando Torres isn’t getting them anywhere fast, he didn’t have a kick at Anfield on Sunday and with Demba Ba suspended Chelsea will be playing with ten men again tonight.
Looking at the betting Basel to win this first leg is the best bet taking into account their home form and need to take a lead to Stamford Bridge, take the 85/40 (Stan James) for them to win.
Both teams to score also looks a likely outcome and Betfred are a top price 4/5 with Betfred.
Basel to win – 85/40 with Stan James
Both teams to score – 4/5 with Betfred
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