The Pep Guardiola bandwagon rolls on in the Champions League as he takes his Manchester City side to Switzerland to face the notoriously tricky FC Basel. The Swiss Champions have a rich recent history in the competition, beating the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United at home in recent years and how they would love to use home advantage in this two-legged tie.
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Kick-off: 19.45 GMT
Basel have dropped off the pace domestically and currently sit 5 points behind Young Boys at the top of the Swiss Super League. Raphaël Wicky’s men have had a solid campaign in the Champions League, finishing 2nd in Group A behind Manchester United but ahead of Benfica and CSKA Moscow. Albian Ajeti has had a solid season for FCB scoring 8 goals in the Swiss Super League this campaign.
Bouncing back from a defeat was always going to be the toughest test for Manchester City who have displayed real mental toughness in their last 4 games – winning 3 and drawing 1. City qualified from Group F as top of the group, ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord picking up 5 wins and 1 defeat in the process. Sergio Aguero is the club’s top scorer this season with 24 goals so far in all competitions, as City continue to fight on four fronts.
Head to Head
This is the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides and it promises to be a highly entertaining encounter. The return leg is due to take place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 7th March 2018.
Odds and Predictions
FC Basel scored in all of their home Champions League games in the group stages and will want to get on the board here.
Both teams to score – YES – looks a strong bet at 10/11 with Coral.
This should be an open game between two attacking sides.
Over 2.5 goals in the game looks an excellent punt at 4/7 with Skybet.
Sergio Aguero is the man City look towards for goals and he has bagged 24 already this season.
Sergio Aguero to score anytime looks a good bet at 13/10 with Unibet.
Basel will be a stern test for City but Pep Guardiola’s men are riding the crest of a wave currently.
Manchester City to win the game is a sensible punt at 4/11 with Ladbrokes.
FC Basel 1 – 2 Manchester City – 8/1 with BetVictor.
Top Betting Tip
FC Basel will be looking to pressurise City in the home leg but the Premier League table-toppers should have too much here.
Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score looks a superb punt at 15/8 with William Hill.