Chelsea vs Basel Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on September 18, 2013

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Chelsea kick off their 2013/14 Champions League campaign against FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

It’s six years to the day since Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea boss following a 1-1 draw against Rosenborg and the Portuguese coach will be looking to get his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge off to a more positive note in Europe this evening.

Mourinho led the Blues to two semi-final appearances during his first spell in charge but will be hoping this is the year he lifts the Champions League for the third time having previously won it with Porto and Inter Milan.

Chelsea fell at the first hurdle last season, becoming the first defending champions to be knocked out at the group stages, but Rafa Benitez ended up leading the team to glory in the Europa League with victory over Benfica in the final last May.

The west Londoners have been handed a kind draw after being placed in Group E alongside tonight’s opponents FC Basel as well as Schalke and Steaua Bucharest, so they will be confident of making it to the knockout stages this time around.

Basel have plenty of Champions League experience but were dispatched 5-2 by Chelsea in last seasons semi finals of the Europa League, so the Swiss champions will be hoping to make more of a game of it tonight.

Team News

Chelsea will be without midfielder Ramires who misses out through suspension having been sent off in last months European Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich.

John Obi Mikel is likely to start in midfield alongside Frank Lampard – who is a confirmed starter along with Brazilian playmaker Oscar.

Mourinho could hand a debut to attacker Willian as he looks to make changes following a 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday. Fernando Torres could also be in line for a recall after dropping to the bench in favour of Samuel Eto’o at the weekend.

Basel will be without midfielder Serey Die and Mohamed Elneny for the clash but coach Murat Yakin with Marco Streller and Mohamed Salah up front.

Likely Line-Up

Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian international had a rare off day against Everton on Saturday but when he’s on form he’s almost unplayable. He’s due a performance and we’ve picked him as the one to watch tonight.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 3-0 Basel: Chelsea are formidable in Europe at home and Basel have a poor away record, so we can only see one winner here.

What would be your preferred line-up and what’s your predicted score for the game? Share your views below.

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28 Comments

  1. solosman

    September 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    my lineup z cech,ivan,cahil,luiz,cole,mikel,lampard,hazard,willian,oscar,torres.

  2. aiyevbomwan mark

    September 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    cech,,luiz,,chill,Ivan,, Cole,,mike,Mata,Oscar,hazard,William,torres

    • stuart

      September 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      where is lampard in your team? can you read?

      • Charles

        September 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Lampard is a Cfc legend yes but he is not any where deserve to be in the current first IX let be frank to our selves! Good day

      • Charles

        September 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        Lampard should go and rest or come in as subt

        • stuart

          September 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          regardless of what you say you just cannot grasp the FACT that lampard is starting….stated by jose in his press conference?

  3. Mathew

    September 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Cech ivan cahill lius cole mikel oscar mata hazzard william torres

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    September 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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  5. Charles

    September 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    cech,ivan,cahil,luiz,cole,mikel,willian,hazard,mata,A shur,torres.

  6. stuart

    September 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    again….are all of you people on here retarded? you are putting your team lists up without lampard! he is starting……

  7. chris

    September 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    cech,luiz,ivan,cole,cahil,lamp,mikel,hazard,osca,mata,ba.

  8. Nana Amoakwaw Buadu

    September 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    yh my oprion of the startin g line-up shud be;
    cech,ivanovic,cahill,luiz,cole,lampard,mikel,mata,oscar,hazard,torres

  9. udoka kristian

    September 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    lampard is no more 90 mins player…. I don’t know why Jose mouirinho is always featuring him… I think is high time Jose get his first XI or get booted….. Bs he seems to be confused one now… If lampard start… Chelsea will still continue struggling if not chelsea will fly high ….
    My predicted line up
    Cech-Cole-Cahill-Luiz-ivanovic-Mikel-Essien/vanGinkel-Willian-Oscar-Hazard-Torres goodluck blues

  10. wydus

    September 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    cech.cahill.luiz.ivanovic.cole.mikel.williams.oscar.mata.hazard.eto dat is gud information thank’s

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  12. kenneth o chigozie

    September 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Hi my line is cech ivanovic luiz cahil cole mike mata william oscar hazard etoo or torres

  13. john awotwe

    September 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Cech. Inv cole cahill luiz . De bruyn lampard. oscar willian Hazard Ba

    • Harrison Akpona Okorobobi

      September 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Up bluesssssss

  14. Dreiko

    September 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Y z ginkel nt playin, whilst lampard who z playin nafin stil featurin

  15. VICTOR

    September 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    cech,ivan. louis. cahil . ashly. LAMP. mikel.mata. oscar. hazard. torres.
    this is my starting ix in a 4231 formation

  16. kenneth o chigozie

    September 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    How will i conect you

  17. Abukar

    September 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Let chelsea play like this,if jose is serious:cech cole cahill luiz ivanovic mikel van Ginkel oscar mata Hazard and Torres.2nd half mata out willian in,Torres out Eto’o in.

  18. franca

    September 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    cech, luiz, cole, cahil, amzp, mikel, oscar, hazard, willian, mata, ba, up blues

  19. Crisel

    September 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    What about cech, Caesar, cahil, jt, Cole, vankigel, lampard, shurrle, Oscar, hazard, eto

  20. Crisel

    September 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    What about cech, Caesar, cahil, jt, Cole, vankigel, lampard, shurrle, Oscar, hazard, eto. 4-4-2 formation will be good. Chelsea 4-1 basel

  21. kobbyrussell

    September 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    cech,iva,Luis,cahill,cole,ramires,Oscar,willian,hazard,mata,eto’o

  22. Harrison Akpona Okorobobi

    September 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Up blues

  23. Jeff guy

    September 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Essien is nt in chelsea squard in uefa champions league dis season by mouriho wish

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