Basel take on the visitors Manchester City at “St. Jakob-Park” in the first-leg clash of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Champions League. The game will be played in Basel on Tuesday, February 13th.
Basel have sensationally passed over Group A which had been formed by Manchester United, Benfica and CSKA Moscow. The side has become the strongest club of Switzerland long time ago and none is able to compete on equal with it in domestic tournaments. The team has managed to pick up 12 points in six encounters played at the UEFA Champions League group stage, having lost only two fights. Basel demonstrated top class football in attack, having scored 11 goals just like their defense which had conceded five goals. In the previous matches conducted at “St. Jakob-Park” the side has been broken by Lugano 0:1, thrashed St. Gallen 3:0 and upset Luzern 2:1.
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In their turn, Manchester City are one of the strongest clubs of Europe in this season, showing remarkably powerful play. “The Citizens” are likely to win the English Premier League trophy without substantial difficulties. The team occupied the first position in Group F, having left Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord behind. Manchester City have managed to earn 15 points and five triumphs in six battles conducted. The side’s offense looked tremendously tough, being a real a nightmare for its opponents with 14 scored goals while its defense also felt rather comfortable, having conceded five goals. Manchester City have got 1:1 draw against Burnley alongside with two victories over Cardiff 2:0 and Bristol City 3:2 in the recent away fights.
It is obvious that Manchester City have better chances for a successful outcome of the forthcoming clash as Swiss Super League has only started after a winter break and the hosts have not recaptured a form yet, besides, “The Citizens” are very strong now, consequently, Basel are not likely to compete decently with the upcoming rival.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.