Chelsea vs Basel Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on May 2, 2013

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Chelsea welcome FC Basel to Stamford Bridge on Thursday night looking to secure their place in the final of the Europa League.

The Blues head into the semi final second leg holding a 2-1 aggregate lead following last weeks win in Swizerland, where David Luiz hit a last minute winner after the home side had cancelled out Victor Moses’s early header.

Despite Chelsea holding the advantage going into tonight’s game, Basel proved in the quarter final stages that they are a dangerous counter-attacking team when they scored four past Tottenham over the two legs, so Rafa Benitez knows his players must keep things tight at the back tonight.

Chelsea climbed back up to third in the Premier League table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea on Sunday and have a vital trip to Old Trafford this weekend to worry about as they continue to push for a top-four finish this season.

However, Benitez will be trying to keep his players focussed on the job at hand and reach the Europa League final with a positive result this evening at the Bridge.

Team News

Benitez is expected to re-shuffle him pack once again as he continues to try and keep his squad fresh with Sunday’s crucial clash with United at the back of his mind.

He will be without defender Ashley Cole after he picked up a second yellow card in the first leg, so Ryan Bertrand is in line to fill in while Branislav Ivanovic also pushing for a recall having been left on the bench at the weekend.

Striker Demba Ba is once again ineligible having already played for Newcastle United in a previous round of the Europa League, so Fernando Torres will start up front.

Ramires suffered a dead leg against Swansea last time out and is also one booking away from missing the final so may not be risked. Frank Lampard may return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to get on the score-sheet against the Swans on Sunday, and Yossi Benayoun may get a rare start.

Benitez has no fresh injury concerns meaning Oriol Romeu and Marko Marin are his only injury absentees, but David Luiz and John Obi Mikel are on yellow cards so will have to tread carefully if selected.

Likely Line-up

Predicted Score

The Blues are in a commanding position having scored the two away goals last week. Basel know they have to score at least twice to have a chance of progressing and this should result in a reasonably open game, which should play into Chelsea’s hands and see their superior quality shine through. Chelsea 3-1 Basel

What would be your preferred starting eleven and whats your score prediction for the game? Share your views in the comments section below.

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22 Comments

  1. Gerald Dappa

    May 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Chelsea will come out successful with a 3:1 lead against basel

  2. kunle owolarafe

    May 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    petre as ussual on goal, Ivanovich, Terry, Cahill & Betrand @ back line. Mikel & Lampard as reaar guard. Moses, Benayoun & Oscar as Attacking mid while Torress will lead de Attack

  3. Mahamed dahir arizona

    May 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Chelsea must win with 3-0 inshalah

  4. Obinna nnaji

    May 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Chelsea should not be complasent today, cos it kills.

  5. nwazue david

    May 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Anybody can play but victory is sure.

  6. chukwukasolomon

    May 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    chelsea is beatng Basel 3:0 My line up is that he should put strong side for us to qulified 1st.:cech,ivanovic,luiz,cahil,betrend,mikel,Remiras, lampard,oscar,moses, torres.4;3;3: Mass defends Mass attarck,i wish them success

  7. Mahamed dahir arizona

    May 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Cech evana vich cahil rayan azpaluqueta d.luiz lampard oscar mata hazard and torres then let,s call biga at under bridg

  8. Mahamed dahir arizona

    May 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Cech evana vich cahil rayan azpaluqueta d.luiz lampard oscar mata hazard and torres then let,s call big game at under bridg

  9. Ahmed Abiodun

    May 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Chelsea will win 4:2 against Basel

  10. Sircarma

    May 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Chelsea will win on aggregate 5*2

  11. Ajiboye musa

    May 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Chelsea 3-1 lineup cech ceser luiz terry betrand mikel lampand moses mata hazard Torres

  12. robert

    May 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    2-1 in favour of chelsea

  13. saliu mohammad

    May 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    chelsea. wil win insha Allah.

  14. Hemz Mshelia

    May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I wish our team best of luck, Banitez shld be careful in selecting those wt yellow card

  15. Daniel

    May 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Chelsea wil win 2-1

  16. Daniel

    May 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Benitez must be very careful of player to use.

  17. lucky g

    May 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    chelsea will win 3.0 basel

  18. bright chimezi10

    May 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Chelsea will win 3:1, nd my line up will b cech,azpilicueata,chaill,terry,berterand,mikel,lampard,hazard,moses,mata,torres.

  19. badekale adeniyi

    May 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Chelsea we win 2-0 at least one goal we come from torres if mata is beem subtitute for benayoun mata we goal the second goal

  20. phagba

    May 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    They should state oscar nt benayung

  21. phagba

    May 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    They should state oscar nt benayung. A 2-0 win mach in favur of chelsea

  22. Emmanuel

    May 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    chelsea needs tight and strong defence 2 avoid d basels penetrating easily 2 our box.somebody like ashley cole should b among selected squad bt 4 his injury he should b rested against sunday

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