Champions League Preview: Chelsea vs. Basel

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Updated: September 12, 2013
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It is no secret that even Asian Sportsbook subscribers and other non-European football enthusiasts are highly interested in UEFA tournaments. With the Champions League group stage nearing its opening, audiences worldwide are increasingly getting excited of seeing their favorite European clubs compete against each other. On September 18, two top-caliber sides from the UK and Switzerland will commence their campaign for the season. English powerhouse Chelsea and Swiss giants Basel will meet at the Stamford Bridge stadium in London to obtain access in the competition’s Round of 16.

 

Chelsea have been gaining substantial media attention due to the series of feats they have achieved in recent years. They were the first—and so far the only—London-based club to conquer the Champions League trophy and the Europa League title simultaneously, achieved in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Finishing third in last season’s Premier League, The Blues gained automatic entry into this term’s Champions League group stage. With dynamic Juan Mata on board and José Mourinho expertly guiding his men toward victory, the English squad are certain to bag another defining moment in Europe’s most important competition.

 

Swiss Super League champions, Basel, may not be as high-profile as a few other clubs in the UK, Spain, or Germany, but they are absolutely among the fiercest and most impressive teams in Europe. Recent history provides strong backing of the club’s ability to make surprises, with their famous slamming of Manchester United in the 2011-12 season of the Champions League serving as one of their best performances. In fact, that win enabled them to reach the Round of 16 stage at the expense of the English powerhouse. Key player Marco Streller will be in his best gears when his side make their appearance in London, and so will the other members of the club.

 

Champions League betting tip: Basel and Chelsea last met in the Europa League on April and May this year, with the latter winning both their home and away matches against the former. Indeed, the Swiss side are a tough wall to crash into, but the English army highly equipped to destroy any obstruction to their UEFA tournament itinerary. Strong performances are expected from both sides, but in the end, Chelsea would be the side to emerge as victors.

 

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