The RotBlau side has been in devastating form in this year’s Europa League competition and have not lost a single game in Europe at the St. Jakob-Park but face a stiff test in visiting Chelsea.
Murat Yakin knows that the only way to qualify to the final of the Europa League is to ensure his team picks up a good result in their first ever European semi-final. The Swiss are favourites at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to win at home as they have always done.
The Londoners are well aware of the threat Basel pose and with high scores recorded in the Champions League, Benitez is expected to play a compact game but will be dangerous on the attack with Juan Mata, Ramires and Oscar all in the team for the game, they are available at 7/5 to leave St. Jakob – Park with a surprise win.
Both teams will be looking for a win ahead of the second leg tie in London, making the tie one that punters will be monitoring closely. The tie has been chalked at 9/4 with Ladbrokes to end in a draw.
The Swiss Super League champions have not lost in their last four meetings against English opposition, scoring at least twice on each occasion against Manchester United and Tottenham and among the goal scorers was Marco Stroller who is heavily priced at 7/1 to score first and 9/4 to find the back of the net anytime in the game.
The marksman for Chelsea Fernando Torres with four goals in his last three Europa league appearance is priced at 11/2 to open the scores in Switzerland whiles the same firm go on to offer the Spaniard 7/4 to score anytime in the game.
The value of 29/10 for the game to end in draw and under 2.5 goals scored in the match makes good football knowledge.
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