Basel vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 25, 2013; Time: 8:05 PM BST;
Venue: St. Jakob-Park — Basel.
Basel have an excellent Europa League games so far, but Chelsea are in search of at least one title. Both teams will fight in these semi-finals for the ticket to the final round.
Basel are at the top of the Swiss Super League with 57 points from 28 games. They are 3 points clear over 2nd-placed Grasshopper. Basel have won 3 straight Swiss titles and are close enough to make won 4th. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 draws from last five games. Last five home matches Basel have finished with 5 straight wins and are on a 9 games unbeaten run. They have a fantastic home record with 12 win from their last 14 games. In the Europa League they have passed through Dnipro, Zenit and Tottenham to reach this stage.
Chelsea goes 4th in the England Premier League with 62 points from 33 games. The Blues are 1 point behind 3rd-placed Arsenal and 1 point ahead of 5th-placed Tottenham. Chelsea are involved in a very hard fight for the Champions League spots and could lost the last qualification place. Their present form has seen 2 losses, 2 wins and 1 draw from last five games. Last five away matches the Blues have finished with 2 defeats, 1 win and 2 draws. Chelsea were disappointing in this Champions League group stage and finished behind Juventus and Shakhtar. In the Europa League they have passed through Sparta Praha, Steaua Bucuresti and Rubin Kazan.
Philipp Degen is the only doubt for the head coach of the Swiss club. He could be risked for this vital game against the champions of Europe. Basel could play with the same line up which overcame Tottenham in the previous stage. Raul Bobadilla is cup-tied, so Marco Streller will play forward.
Ashley Cole has not played since April and failed to recover in time for the game against Liverpool at the weekend, but he is back and could start from the first minutes. Gary Cahill is also back to full fitness after injury. Marko Marin missed the game with Liverpool and could feature in the Europa League.
Basel line-up: Sommer, Joo-Ho, Dragovic, Schär, Degen, Frei, Die, Elneny, Stocker, Streller, Salah.
Last three matches:
FC Thun 2 – Basel 2;
Basel 3 – FC Zurich 1;
Basel 2 – Tottenham 2.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Cole, Terry, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Mata, Moses, Torres.
Last three matches:
Liverpool 2 – Chelsea FC 2;
Fulham 0 – Chelsea FC 3;
Chelsea FC 1 – Manchester City FC 2.