Basel hosts Getafe in round 4 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, November 7th at St. Jakob-Park (Basel)
Basel managed to beat Getafe in Spain two weeks ago. In two first rounds of the group stage, the Swiss club simply destroyed Krasnodar at home (5-0) and tied in Turkey. The victory in the upcoming match does not give a 100% guarantee of promotion to the playoffs, but the Swiss will bring them very close to this event. And if Krasnodar loses the match to the Turks, the progress from the group will be guaranteed and the last two games will become a formality for Basel. The team ranks second in the local championship (Young Boys is only one point ahead), and it lost only two times in 13 rounds. Only one defeat happened at home, far back in the second round. Basel is in great shape, which is proved by the first line in the Europa League group and the second place in its championship.
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Getafe is also close to leaving the group, and even a defeat will leave them much greater chances than that of Krasnodar and Trabzonspor, which Getafe has already beaten in head-to-head matches. The Blues are also quite good in the local championship, taking 7th place there. But they try to play defense first away, and they managed to win only two out of six away games.
The home field is a rather big plus for Basel. It lost only three of the last 22 home matches. Getafe, in turn, has only five victories in its last 24 visits. One of them happened in the last round over Celta, which is the 3rd from the edge of the LaLiga standings. Basel turned out to be stronger in Spain, and it will surely at least not lose to the Spaniards at home. The squad of the hosts is at least not weaker, and it is well-balanced. Getafe has no experience at all, and it is unlikely to earn more than one point.
Prediction for the match: Basel to win with +0.5 handicap