UEFA Champions League 2018 Betting: FC Basel vs Manchester City

UEFA Champions League 2018 Betting: FC Basel vs Manchester City

The 2018 UEFA Champions League betting returns for the Round of 16 with FC Basel versus Liverpool; read on to get the insider’s info on this game.


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Manchester City vs FC Basel

  • When: Feb 13 @ 2:45 PM
  • Where: 
  • Line: Manchester City -310 vs Basel +850; Draw +410

Betting on Manchester City

After practically having wrapped up the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s squad has set its sights on dominating the European stage.

City blasted through the first five group stage games only losing to Shakhtar Donetsk on the final matchday.

But, FC Basel presents a unique challenge to the Man City, who has proved successful against Chelsea in 2013 and Man United in 2011 and has a world of experience competing against other English clubs in European competitions.

This will be Man City’s first game in any UEFA competition against FC Basel, but they head into the game as the favorites.

Man City is in top form; the Sky Blues hope to continue the success they’ve had in the Premier where they now have a 16-point stranglehold of the Premier after defeating Leicester 5-1 last weekend.

Manchester City will rely on striker Sergio Aguero to open up scoring; the Argentinian scored four goals in City’s game against Leicester.

Though they are still without Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, I expect Aguero to find the back of the net at least on one opportunity.

Expected Manchester City Starting Lineup 

Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandihno; Gundogen, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling; Aguero

Betting on FC Basel

Basel finds itself in second place of the Swiss Super League after defeating rivals Thun 2-0. The Swiss squad heads into the Round of 16 as Group A’s second place behind City’s rivals Man United with four of six group matches one including a 1-0 win against United.

Apart from drawing one of the most dangerous teams in the world of football, the Swiss team may also have to quickly clean out the rust product of only having returned recently to action after their winter break.

Even if they do manage to be in shape, they have an uphill struggle and are not expected to pass to the next stage of this competition.

City boasts the best win ratio in away games from clubs in the European elite. It stands at 80%, a huge 16 wins from 20 in all competitions. Obviously, this doesn’t bode well for Basel.

Expected FC Basel Starting Lineup:

Vaclik; Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Petretta; Stocker, Serey Die, Xhaka, Elyounoussi; Oberlin; Van Wolfswinkel

Prediction: Though I expect Basel to put up a fight on their home pitch, I see the City overwhelming them by the second half. The score is 3-1 Manchester City. 

 
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