Chelsea have lost four of their six away matches in European competition this season, including their last two in the Europa League and on that basis, one or two punters might like the look of Stan James’s 85/40 for Basel to get the better of the Blues as the pair face-off at St. Jakob-Park.
Rafa Benitez’s charges are 6/4 at Betfred to move closer to the Europa League final by registering a first leg success in Switzerland where their extra experience could well see them edge it against a team that looked vulnerable defensively against Tottenham in the last eight.
Of course they were also dangerous in attack and that could mean that both teams will find the net, an outcome Coral chalk up at a generous 10/11 and as an alternative, bet365 post 21/20 against the contest producing three or more goals.
They’re 10/1 (BetVictor) to be shared 2-1 in the Blues’ favour while Ladbrokes quote Chelsea at 31/10 to shade it by a one-goal margin and Fernando Torres, who has struck four times in his last three European outings, is a 7/1 shot at Coral to break the deadlock.
Fernando Torres to score first – 7/1 (Coral)