UEFA Champions League Prediction: Basel vs Manchester City, 02:45am 14th Feb 2018 (GMT+7)
1/16 Round drawing result is quite lucky for Manchester City. They only have to play against Basel amongst many tough opponents. Even being a familiar face in Champions League. Basel cannot compare with Man City in terms of class as well as players’ quality. Considering the performance and overall players quality at the moment. only some of the top clubs in Europe like Barcelona, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can be real threats to Manchester City.
Before this match, Basel performance is not very impressive. They won 3 and lost 3 in recent 5 matches – especially, the losses against Lugano or Sturm Graz were quite disappointed. With home ground advantages – Basel need to have at least 1 point against MC and need to stop them from scoring. If not, it will be very difficult for them to have a chance.
Man City recent performance is far better. They are super ready to conquer in Champions League. Have just defeated Leicester with the 5-1 score – including Aguero’s poker – MC are on top of the form and are more than ready to find 3 points in Belgium.
– Asian Handicap: pick Manchester City -1.5
Even the handicap is high, but MC’s power and performance is just too good to resist. More than that, they won 3 over 5 handicaps in the last 5 matches – comparing with Basel with 4 losses over 5 handicaps.
– Under/Over: pick Over 3 goals
With a terific front-line and super-stars like Aguero, De Bruyne… Manchester City are capable of scoring multiple times against Basel. 3 goals are not a un-achieveable limitation for this match.
– Both teams to score:
It is quite impossible to stop Man City scoring. And in another hand, Basel need at least a goal to have some hopes.
– Correct Score: 1-3