Chelsea lead FC Basel 2-1 on aggregate heading into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against the Swiss Champions at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Rafa Benitez may not be the most popular man at Stamford Bridge but the Spaniard may leave Chelsea with another European success under his belt.
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May 2, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee: J. Eriksson
The reigning European champions may not be playing amongst the continent’s elite this season but they are one match away from reaching the final of the Europa League.
Chelsea hold a 2-1 aggregate lead heading into the second leg of their semi-final against FC Basel.
David Luiz scored the late winner in Switzerland, handing Chelsea a huge boost as they strive to become the first club to win the Champions League and Europa league in successive seasons.
Chelsea have not lost a European competition at home since April 2011 whilst Basel haven’t won any of their last six European ties on the road.
Chelsea will be without the suspended Ashley Cole.
18-year-old left back Nathan Ake (NATAN AKAY) may feature against the Swiss champions.
If Chelsea do progress, they will meet either Fenerbahce or Benfica.
The Europa League is Chelsea’s last chance to win a trophy this season and Benitez would love to deliver it before his rocky relationship with the club comes to an end.
Chelsea coach Rafa Benitez says he is concerned but not afraid of FC Basel after their 2-1 first leg win in Switzerland.
FC Basel coach Murat Yakin believes that his side can reach the final of the Europa League, providing they start well in their must-win game at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Team Probable lineups :
Azpilicueta • Cahill • Terry • Bertrand
Lampard • Luiz • Ramires
Moses • Torres • Hazard
Degen • Schär • Sauro • Park
Nenny • Die • Frei
Salah • Streller • Stocker
[colored_box color=”eg. green”]Match Prediction : Although Chelsea FC has won the first match ,with David Luiz late lucky freekick,things are not finish.Basel FC already proved that they can score at the English ground like against Tottenham Spurs where a match finished 2-2.If Basel FC manage to score ,this match will be completely open,so over 2,5 goals is the best option here to take.[/colored_box]