Murak Yakin’s side takes on Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final second leg in London on Thursday night with the aim of upstaging the Stamford Bridge warlords
After a dissapointing loss at the St Jakob Park in the first leg, the Swiss Super League champions visit the Stamford Bridge for a near impossible task of snatching away the Europa League final ticket.
Basel, who need to win the match if they are to reach May's final in Amsterdam are backed at 11/2 (6.5) to shock the hosts and qualify for the final.
Chelsea still fresh from a 2-0 spanking of Swansea in the English Premier League over the weekend are rated as Ladbroke’s ½ (1.5) favourites to cosolidate on their first-leg advantage, while the same firm go 16/5 (4.2) that the tie ends in stalemate.
The Swiss team who were responsible for the exit of another English team, Tottenham from this competition, will be seeking for their first win in 19 visits to England which will put an end to their six away winless streak in this term’s competition.
Though the Blues will be without the services of Ashley Cole who is out on card offences, and Demba Ba who had earlier played for Newcastle in this tourney, they are favorites to qualify with a mouth watering offer of 1/16 (1.06) in sharp contrast to their oppponent who are a 7/1 (8.00) bet.
Nevertheless, the Swiss league leaders should be wary of the threat posed by the men from the West London club. Chelsea have scored 15 goals in their last seven matches and Rafael Benitez’s side will be confident that they can match their opponents’ attacking prowess.
Fernando Torres has scored four goals in his last four Europa League appearances and the 29-year-old striker should be backed at a juicy 4/1 (5.00) with Ladbrokes to keep up his fine Europa League form by breaking the deadlock on Thursday night.