FC Basel vs. Chelsea: Preview and TV schedule

Clive Rose

After taking a shock victory at Stamford Bridge, Basel will look to upset Chelsea in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for Basel, they say lightning never strikes twice. Since that opening Champions League matchday defeat Chelsea have won all three of their European games, and it's hard to see them making the same mistakes again on their trip to St. Jakob-Park.

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José Mourinho's team are currently topping Group E with nine points, and, having beaten nearest competitors Schalke 04 both home and away, seem to be cruising into the knockout stages. Basel still have a slim chance of progressing, currently sitting only a point in arrears of Schalke. However, with games against Chelsea and Schalke still to come, they're probably Europa League-bound.

For this match, the Swiss side will be without Chilean midfielder Marcelo Díaz, who picked up a rib injury on international duty, and defender Behrang Safari. For Chelsea, the long-term injured Marco van Ginkel is still unavailable, alongside Fernando Torres and the ineligible Michael Essien.

FC Basel injuries and suspensions

Out: Marcelo Díaz (rib), Behrang Safari (thigh). In doubt: None.

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: Marco van Ginkel (knee), Fernando Torres (adductor), Michael Essien (ineligible). In doubt: None.

Projected lineups

FC Basel: Yann Sommer; Taulant Xhaka, Fabian Schär, Ivan Ivanov, Kay Voser; Serey Die, Fabian Frei; Valentin Stocker, Matías Delgado, Mohamed Salah; Marco Streller.

Chelsea: Petr Čech; Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović; John Obi Mikel, Ramires; Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Samuel Eto'o.

Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland

TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.), Sportsnet World (Canada), Sky Sports 2/HD (U.K.), TeleClub Sport 3, TeleClub Sport, SRF zwei, RTS Deux, RTS Sport, RSI La 2 (Switzerland).

Online: Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.).

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