Chelsea v Basel Match Previews and Predictions – UEFA Europa League Semi-Finals 2013
Chelsea v Basel Europa League Previews. Chelsea have two matches to be serve within two days of the competitions to face Basel in the UEFA Europa League and Manchester United to determine their position in the premier league standing and at the same time they determine the ticket to the Champions League next season.
For Chelsea in both matches was equally significant importance and priority.
Based on the results in the first leg they were only able to win by 1 goal difference (Basel 1-2 Chelsea) then the Blues will not comfort to play on the match at Stamford Bridge Stadium later.
While the Blues must have to win against Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium in the premier league to secure their position in the champions league zone.
The Blues Chelsea have to play their best squad on both matches and Rafael Benitez should be keen to rotate players.
After match against Basel, Chelsea will face Manchester United into the tension-filled match rather than face Basel. So Benitez will probably play the second squad against Basel.
John Terry and Frank Lampard will lead the squad to face Basel and they become a major players in this match after being knocked out as main-squad in the europa league.
Both of these players will perform all-out to pass Basel and forward into the final match and become the champion. Europa league title could be an achievement for Lampard before he left his club at the end of the season.
The Blues only need 1-0 win or at least 1-1 draw to reach the final match. If Chelsea successfully pass this match then this achievement will be the first final match for Chelsea in the europa league competition.
Although Chelsea’s home form has been strong in the competition, they have yet to keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge and have also conceded in six of their seven Europa league matches.
In midfield, Lampard might be playing with David Luiz. Lampard became a hero in his free-kick in the last minute.
Ramirez was injured when facing Swansea City and Ashley Cole got the sanction will be replaced by Ryan Bertrand as a left-defender.
Juan Mata believes that Chelsea are good enough to win the UEFA Europa League and qualify for next UEFA Champions League season by virtue of a big four finish in the premier league.
The last match Chelsea lost at Stamford Bridge stadium in Europa League was in April of 2011 against Manchester United.
Chelsea did good warm up match with a win over Swansea City with a score of 2-0, while Basel defeated 0-3 at home by Lucerne in the domestic league (but Marco Streller and Elneny not played to prepared against Chelsea).
Basel have not won any of their six away macthes in the Europa League this season.
Basel must win over Chelsea by a margin of 2 goals to qualify for the finals in the europa league.
Basel lost Dragovic as defender due to yellow card accumulation.
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Chelsea v Basel Match Rules
Chelsea to Final ;
Basel to Final ;
- Win with 2 goals margin
- Win with 1 goal margin (score 3-2 or 4-3)
Last 5 Matches Chelsea ; won 3, draw 1 and lost 1
14/04/13 FAC Chelsea 1 – 2 Manchester City
18/04/13 PRL Fulham 0 – 3 Chelsea
21/04/13 PRL Liverpool 2 – 2 Chelsea
26/04/13 PIU Basel 1 – 2 Chelsea
28/04/13 PRL Chelsea 2 – 0 Swansea City
Last 5 Matches Basel ; won 2, draw 1 and lost 2
14/04/13 SUL Basel 3 – 1 Zurich
18/04/13 SCP Sion 0 – 1 Basel
21/04/13 SUL Thoune 2 – 2 Basel
26/04/13 PIU Basel 1 – 2 Chelsea
28/04/13 SUL Basel 0 – 3 Lucerne
Chelsea vs Basel Predictions
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