Basel – Manchester City : Preview & Prediction
Duel more even than expected for the bookmakers will be the dispute between Swiss and English for the 8th of the Champions League final. The favorite is Manchester City for its individual and collective quality, but it will surely be complicated by the intense and combative style of its rival. Of course, despite everything, we trust that they can manage to reach the goal and score two at least in Swiss territory.
The Swiss are coming from 0-2 to the flimsy Thun as visitors, recovering from the unexpected fall 0-1 against Lugano at home. The team has returned to play officially after the winter break, with its goal to reach the leader Young Boys (5 difference in the general table). It is still an explosive eleven in attack and compact in defense, dominating its domestic league.
Playing before his people, Basel has yielded points at home after winning 6 games, equaling another 2 and losing the remaining 2 that played in this condition (20 goals scored and 10 transferred in their goal). For Champions, he scored several goals after beating Benfica 5-0, losing 1-2 against CSKA Moscow and beating Manchester United 1-0.
Manchester City News
The “Citizens” come well to this duel after beating 5-1 to Leicester and demonstrate all their offensive potential. Pep’s team leads the English competition with 72 points, taking advantage of 16 of its closest pursuer (Manchester United). As local is intractable and as a visitor is having some problems in defensive matters. Suffice it to know that he drew 0-0 against Crystal Palace, losing 4-3 to Liverpool and drawing 1-1 against Burnley.
If we try to visualize the game, we believe that the City will handle the ball and that it will have chances from the initial stage. It is expected that his greater individual and collective hierarchy will serve him to overcome a rival who will try to balance the balance with the local factor and the encouragement of his audience. Gabriel Jesus and Sané will not play, David Silva being doubtful. Playing away from home for the Champions League, he defeated Feyenoord 0-4 and beat Napoli 2-4 (games played with their starters and in a serious way).
There are no previous encounters between Swiss and British, this being the first duel they will face officially.
Forecast Basel vs Manchester City
Although the last 3 departures of the “Citizens” in the Premier have been negative, we believe that the boys of Guardiola have what it takes to manage the times and generate different chances of goal. We trust that the City can score well or badly, as it has such an offensive power that it can elaborate stitched plays or score with some punctual action. It is expected that Gundogan, Fernandinho, Agüero, Sterling, De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva will appear. As an added fact, we tell you that Basilea can suffer due to the absence of official activity after returning to play in their league after 40 days after the winter break (2 duels played in the Swiss championship, achieving 1 loss and 1 victory).
Basel – Manchester City : Betting Tips
Manchester City Prediction – Win Odds: 1.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70