FC Basel Vs Manchester City: Betting Picks and Predictions
There is no such thing as an easy passage to the Champions League Final, although there are some potential paths that are a little easier than others. This tournament is home to the best club teams that European football has to offer, so when you get to the Round of 16, you expect the best of the best to still be present. That said, there are usually one or two surprise teams that find their way out of the group stages, and the hope of the bigger clubs is that they land one of those teams. The luck of the draw went the way of Manchester City in this round, as they have what looks to be a very manageable tie against Swiss champions Basel. On paper, City should easily make their way into the quarter-finals, but as good as this team has been in recent seasons, they have failed to have any sort of success in European competition. Making it into the final 8 would certainly be a good start, so look for Manchester City to go into Basel looking for a positive result on Tuesday afternoon. So let’s review the betting picks and predictions for this match, as well as other game information.
Basel v English sides = 🔥🔥🔥
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2018
What: FC Basel Vs Manchester City
When: Tue. Feb 13, 2018
Time: 2:45 PM ET
Where: St. Jakob Park
TV: FOX Deportes,FOX Soccer Match Pass,FOX Sports GO,fuboTV,Fox Sports 2 USA
UEFA CL Odds: Manchester City -1.5
Potential FC Basel Starting Lineup: Vaclik; Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Petretta; Stocker, Serey Die, Xhaka, Elyounoussi; Oberlin; Van Wolfswinkel
Potential Manchester City Starting Lineup: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandihno; Gundogen, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling; Aguero
Why bet on FC Basel
While Basel is certainly something of a minnow when compared to the other teams left in the final 16, they have still had some success in this competition. This will be the 3rd time that they have made it into the Round of 16, although it’s generally when the reality of their standing against the other European giants usually gets put in its proper light. This will be the first time that these two teams have met in competition, but Basel does have a bit of a history playing against other English teams. They have had 28 previous encounters against English club teams, with their record in home games sitting at 6-2-5. In domestic action, Basel is 5 points behind Young Boys at the top of the Swiss League, scoring 41 goals and giving up just 17 in 21 games. They are going to need their defense to be at their very best when going against a Manchester City attack that has been scoring goals for fun this season.
Why bet on Manchester City
There may come a point when Manchester City’s success begins to catch up with them this season, as they are still on course to win 4 trophies. That means a lot of games lie ahead, as does the potential for more injuries that could hamper their run for 4. Manchester City has a large squad to draw from, though, and have several players, Gabriel Jesus among them, set to return from injury. They can help ease the burden of those coming games by getting a positive result on the road, which has actually been easy for them this season. Manchester City has the best away record in the EPL this season, going 10-2-1, while scoring 29 and giving up just 10 in those games. They are coming off a 5-1 thumping of Leicester over the weekend, with Sergio Aguero bagging 4 in that one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
You have to wonder how the Basel defense is going to be able to keep City from scoring here, with the short answer being that they won’t. City wins this one and essentially book their passage into the quarter-finals.
Predicted Score: FC Basel 0 Manchester City 2