The Blues new Champions League adventure under Jose Mourinho is expected to end in victory against Murat Yakin’s Basel
The Uefa Champions League continues on Wednesday as Chelsea welcome Swiss side FC Basel to London.
Basel make a return to Stamford Bridge four months after bowing to Rafael Benitez's Blues in last season's Europa League semi-final and will be gunning for a vital away point against the Roman Army.
Chelsea, though they have lost their last two games in all competitions, are outstanding favorites to win this encounter. They are a 1/3 (1.33) choice with Ladbrokes to make up for their disappointment in last year’s edition where they failed to get past the group stage.
Basel on the other hand is spurred by their success in 2010/2012 Champions League by recording a shock win against their hosts. They are available at 9/1 (10.00) to win in England. The draw is backed at 4/1 (5.00).
Basel have had to negotiate two rounds of qualifying to reach the group stages of the Champions League. Yakin's side beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-3 on aggregate and then won against Ludogorets 6-2 in the play-off round. They are in fine form going into this clash as they are yet to lose a game in their last six encounters. You can back them at 5/1 (6.00) to score in both halves.
When these two sides met in the Europa League semi-finals, both matches saw goals at either end, and the both teams to score bet stands out once again in this fixture at 4/5 (1.80) with Ladbrokes.
For Punters seeking value bet, backing Samuel Eto'o to score and Chelsea to win at 11/8 (2.37) a worthwhile choice.