Manchester City – Basel Prediction & Picks (07.03.2018)



Manchester City and Basel meet at Etihad Stadium, in a return match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (8th Finals), after the victory away from Manchester City by (0-4) in the first leg. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Basel presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.

Manchester City:

The home team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 4 goals, after the away win by (0-4) in the first leg. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 30 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 14 wins and 1 draw at their stadium, with 40 goals scored and 9 conceded. In the last match that they disputed, for the Premier League, they beat Chelsea at home (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Manchester City has a record of 10 wins. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 31 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.

Manchester City enter this game motivated, after a home win, 1-0, at the reception to Chelsea: Bernardo Silva, at minute 46 ‘, scored the only goal of the game. The club of Manchester usually acts in a 4-3-3, in which the three players responsible for throwing the panic in the defensive opponent are Bernardo Silva, Aguero and Sané. Thus, acting in their stadium it is guessed that the Manchester City adopts a more offensive position, taking into account the lack of quality of the rival. For this match the home coach will not be able to count on Mendy, for being injured.


After the defeat at home, the visiting team comes to this second leg with a dismay of 4 goals and with the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after an away loss with Young Boys by (2-0). In the last 10 away matches Basel has won 8, tied 1 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition.

Basel enters this unmotivated match, after a foreign snub, 2-0, at the Young Boys reception. The visiting team usually acts in a tactical system in 5-2-3, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the flanks. One of the strong points of the foreign team is the way they manage to react to a situation of disadvantage on the scoreboard. The coach of Basileira will not be able to count on Germano Vaiati and Eder Balanta, for being injured. To point out that Taulant Xhaka will also be on the outside, because he is suspended.

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