Manchester City v FC Basel & Betting Tips – 7th March 20186th March 2018 / lee
Manchester City v FC Basel UEFA Champions League, 7th March 7.45pm
Manchester City look to have already done enough in this tie to progress through to the next round. They have a 4-0 lead after their comprehensive display out in Switzerland in the first leg of this round of sixteen clash. So it all should be pretty easy for them back on home soil and the challenge of the Swiss is likely to fade away pretty quickly.
Manchester City v FC Basel Betting Odds*
Man City 1/9, Draw 15/2, Basel 22/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 p.m. on March 5th, 2018)
Manchester City News and Form
Manchester City should get a pretty easy time of things in this one. Last season in the round of sixteen they bowed out of the tournament, but it looks pretty set in stone that they are going to avoid a repeat of that. Manchester City have actually lost three of their four previous round of sixteen ties, but barring a staggering comeback from the Swiss side on Wednesday night, the England champions-elect are going to move ahead as they are 4-0 ahead from the first leg. Manchester City had to show their patient side on the weekend as they beat Chelsea in the Premier League and that continued their phenomenal domestic home form. They are in great home form in Europe as well having gone unbeaten in their last thirteen home games in the UEFA Champions League, winning ten of them, so they are in form in Europe too. In the group stage, this season they won all three of their games, two of them with a clean sheet and City have won each of their last four home games in Europe, and seven of their last eight. Manchester City to win to nil at William Hill is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 p.m. on March 5th, 2018). Manchester City have never failed to progress in a UEFA two-legged tie having won the first leg away from home.
FC Basel News and Form
So this looks to be a bit of a dead rubber for Basel then as they head to the Etihad. They did have a bright moment against a Manchester side back in the group stage as they took a home win over Manchester United. However, their away record in England is pretty poor at W1 D5 L8. From their two previous visits to the round of sixteen at the Champions League, they have lost both of those ties (against Bayern Munich and FC Porto) because of heavy away defeats. Going back to this season’s group stage they earned their highest amount of points ever from a Champions League group stage this season, but their match day two success over Benfica snapped a six-match winless streak of European form that they were on. Also, their victory out at CSKA Moscow on match day three snapped a six-match winless run of away from they were on too (D1 L5). The Swiss side have suffered back to back defeats in England having gone unbeaten in their previous visits there. In the William Hill correct score market a Manchester City victory by either 2-0 or 3-0 are both at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 p.m. on March 5th, 2018). City don’t need to exert themselves so the score may stay down a bit. Basel have been in five previous two-legged ties with English sides before and have a W1 L4 record from those. Basel have lost all 11 of the UEFA competition ties in which they were defeated in the home first leg.
Manchester City v FC Basel Head to Head
The first leg was the first ever clash between the two sides.
Who will win – Manchester City v FC Basel Predictions
The Citizens barely have to try most of the time to beat tough opposition, so should be more than comfortable in this game. They have such an advantage here that there is no need for them to do much in this second leg so it will probably be a quiet night. Settle on the home side to win to nil in a low scoring duel.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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