Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho bemoaned his side’s lack of killer instinct as they went down to a dogged Everton team 1-0 at the weekend but the Blues shouldn’t have as much trouble breaking down FC Basel as they start their Champions League campaign at Stamford Bridge.
William Hill rate the West London outfit at just 1/3 to get the better of their Swiss opponents, bet365′s 11/1 outsiders and it’s difficult to envisage anything other than a routine home victory given the gulf in quality between the two sides.
Chelsea beat Basel 3-1 in the Europa League back in May and a similar margin of victory could be on the cards in this one. Subsequently, it’s worth considering backing the Blues at 10/11 in Skybet’s handicaps, where Mourinho’s troops kick off a goal in arrears and more specifically, 888Sport price them at 13/2 to notch twice without reply.
Elsewhere, Coral quote odds of 27/20 for the hosts to prevail ‘to nil’, Winner.com offer 17/20 about Chelsea holding a lead at the end of each half and Samuel Eto’o, who came so close to finding the net against Everton, is 9/2 (Paddy Power) to break the deadlock.
Chelsea to beat FC Basel 2-0 – 13/2 (888Sport)