Basel vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction
Chelsea will travel to Switzerland to face FC Basel in the Champions League Group E tie, where a victory will almost guarantee a place in the knock out phases for Jose Mourinho’s side.
The Blues lost the opening match of their European campaign at the hands of Basel at Stamford Bridge but since then they have won three games on the trot, occupying the top spot with 9 points. There will be no shortage of confidence for the visitors who are coming into this match on the back of a convincing 3-0 victory against London rivals West Ham on Saturday.
Basel on the other hand are sitting third in the group with 5 points but a victory against the Blues could make the table interesting. The Blues are 4/5 with Ladbrokes to win the tie on Tuesday.
Chelsea Team News:
The Blues have got a major boost ahead of the game – Spain striker Fernando Torres has recovered from abduct injury and has been included in the 21-man squad. Brazilian defender David Luiz missed the game against West Ham in the midweek and is certain to miss this tie again with a knee injury.
Chelsea Likely Line-Up:
Mourniho with an avalanche of attacking midfielders in the team may look to give opportunities to some players who didn’t feature in the weekend like Willian, Schurrle and Juan Mata.
Prediction: 1-2, Chelsea are buzzing with confidence at the moment and would be looking to carry on the momentum with a victory.