Chelsea was on the brink of elimination twice, but somehow the Londoners found a way to score the qualifying goes at Stamford bridge. What they need is at least one goal away at Basel to come one step closer of winning another major European trophy, one year after scooping the Champions League title.
Match: Basel vs Chelsea
Bet: Over 2.5
Odds: Intertops 2.05
The Swiss side is getting quite familiar with London, as they’ve been there earlier this month for a semifinal against Tottenham and they didn’t leave empty-handed. At White Hart Lane they scored two goals and then did the same in the second leg, en route to an exciting semifinal against Chelsea. They are leading the domestic league by three points, but the main priority is winning Europa League for the first time in club history. The hosts need to fix their defensive but for the time being they have no option but to stick to their tactic of scoring one more goal than the opponent.
Chelsea failed to win away at Liverpool last round despite leading the entire game, with Suarez scoring in the sixth minute of overtime to level the score. In the Premier League, things are heating up and Tottenham is now only one point behind them, while Arsenal holds a similar lead. Chelsea needs to return to the Champions League and in order to do so they can’t afford to leak any points at home. Swansea is their next opponent, and fortunately for the Blues they are awful travelers and completely out the form.
Chelsea has been playing a very risky game lately relying exclusively on home pitch advantage and needs to take road games more seriously. They will field a more offensive starting formation and focus on achieving more than the odd point which makes the over 2.5 goals wager an excellent choice at odds of 2.05 with Intertops.