FC Basel - Chelsea Betting Preview: Mourinho's men to secure qualification in style

Despite the Blues being beaten in the reverse fixture, our tipster Hugh Wilson is backing the away side to comfortably win in Switzerland tonight
Chelsea travel to FC Basel this evening knowing that a draw will all but see them secure qualification through to the next round of the Champions League. With Schalke trailing the Blues by three points and 11 goals, if Jose Mourinho's side get the win, they will be pretty much guaranteed top spot.

Chelsea come into this match after winning impressively away from home at the weekend against West Ham 3-0 in the Premier League.

After Basel defeated them in their opening Group E match, the Blues have won three matches in a row in the European competition and will come into this match high in confidence and hoping to secure a victory that would allow them some breathing room in matchday six.

BetVictor price them at 20/23 (1.87) to make it four Champions League wins in a row.

Basel are in desperate need of a win in Group E if they are to keep up their hopes of qualifying for the next round.

The Swiss outfit are dominating their domestic league, but trail Schalke by one point in the Champions League despite that impressive opening day win over Jose Mourinho's men. BetVictor price them as outsiders at 15/4 (4.75) to repeat their Stamford Bridge herorics in more familiar surroundings, with the same firm pricing the draw at 13/5 (3.60).

With Fernando Torres missing last time out in Europe, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba stepped up to the plate and netted when Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 in the competition.

With Torres still an injury doubt, expect Eto'o and Ba to feature for the Blues in some capacity. You can back Eto'o at 14/5 (3.80) and Ba at 19/5 (4.80) with BetVictor to score Chelsea's first goal in the game.

With Chelsea proving very solid in Europe this season after their sluggish start, it's certainly worth backing them to take all three points this evening.

While 20/23 (1.87) is an attractive price in itself, it's worth looking elsewhere to find a bet that stands out. Chelsea to win to nil is 85/40 (3.13) with BetVictor and is certainly worth investing in.

This bet would have paid out in Chelsea's last three European games, as well as in their match at the weekend. Basel have not looked especially dangerous in front of goal and with Mourinho's men looking more solid at the back they should be able to keep the home side at bay.

Chelsea to win to nil for a 1.5pt stake at 85/40 (3.13) with BetVictor

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