Posted September 25, 2013 by tipsterAdmin in Sport News
 
 

Group E Champions League Preview

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Match Preview: Basel vs. Schalke 04

 

Match Date: 01 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: St. Jakob-Park

 

Champions League Betting Tips – Seeking for their own piece of redemption, Schalke and Basel shall fight tooth and nail to dominate their group. With both clubs refusing to settle for second best, expect the match to end in a down the wire draw.

 

Dubbed as Group E’s dark horse, the Swiss champion brought Chelsea down on its knees in matchday one of the Champions League. Capitalizing on every scoring opportunity, Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller stole the victory away from Jose Mourinho and his men.

 

Basel has been showing an impressive form in the tournament. Its last 3 matches including the ones in the qualifiers saw them emerge as the victorious club.

 

On the other hand, Schalke 04 may be having problems in Bundesliga. However, this is not the case in the Champions League. Living up to expectations, the German outfit thrashed Steaua Bucuresti with 3 goals courtesy of Atsuto Uchida, new recruit Kevin-Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler.

 

The Verdict: Basel 1-1 Schalke 04

The upcoming match is Basel’s awaited chance to improve its performance in the celebrated tournament. Last year, the club had a frustrating demise in the competition when they were defeated during the play-offs.
The same thing is true for Schalke, which also experienced an early exit when they were eliminated during the round of 16. Like Basel, they are also aiming for a strong finish.

 

Given the weight of what is in store in the match, ending in a draw is more likely to happen. Streller will definitely live up to high expectations of being a prominent figure in Basel’s scoring side. Likewise, Schalke’s acquisition of Boateng, who is a veteran in these matches, gave the club more attacking options to coincide with Draxler.

 

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Match Preview: Steaua Bucuresti vs. Chelsea

 

Match Date: 01 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: Arena Națională

 

Champions League Betting Tips – Jose Mourinho is determined to put a stop in Chelsea’s Champions League demise. After losing to Bayern in the Super Cup and bowing down to Basel in matchday one, the veteran manager is prepared to lift the club into the pedestal of honor and glory.

 

 

It is quite unlikely and surprising for heavy favorite, Chelsea to make a slow start in the competition—not for Mourinho who once handed over the coveted silverware to Porto and Inter. But it did happen. The dark horse, Basel, stunned the club with a convincing 2-1 victory.

 

The above-mentioned scenario brings back Chelsea to a disappointing loss to Bayern Munchen in the recently concluded, UEFA Super Cup. Questions are now starting to crop out concerning the club’s ability in advancing in the tournament.

 

Steaua Bucuresti, in the meantime, takes the minnow’s role in the group. Losing to Schalke may be disappointing. Nonetheless, it was worthy of one’s appreciation.

 

The Verdict: Chelsea 2-1 Steaua Bucuresti

Mourinho is one of Champions League’s perennial faces. Certainly, the manager is not use from having an early exit in the tournament. Apart from securing victory, Mourinho will also take the opportunity to collect more points and keep a safe margin in the aggregate scoring.

 

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But Steaua Bucuresti is also keen on winning the match. Underestimating the club may not be too clever as anything is possible in football. There is a possibility for them to take advantage of Ramires’ hip issues and Marco van Ginkel’s critical knee problems. Yet, given Mourinho’s experience, Chelsea will most likely unleash a series of counter-attacks to attempts that will prevent them from winning.

 

 

 

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