Manchester City vs FC Basel
UEFA Champions League
BAS VS MCI MATCH PREVIEW:
Manchester City wrapped up the tie in Switzerland after winning the first leg 4-0 against FC Basel. So winning the tie looks like only a formality for Pep Guardiola’s high-flying superstars when they welcome the Swiss Champions to the Etihad Stadium for the 2nd leg of the last-16 in the Champions League.
Also, considering City’s quality and the envious momentum they are carrying these days, after winning the Carabao Cup and beating the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in the process, keeping things at a respectable level may very well prove to be a herculean task for the visiting team.
When: March 8th, 1:15 AM IST
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester City
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Manchester City – W W L W W W
FC Basel– W L W L L L
BAS VS MCI TEAM NEWS:
City will be boosted by the return of Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy to the training. However, only Sterling has been training in full capacity. So Delph and Mendy are not expected to feature in this match. Leroy Sane is expected to sit out the game. Also considering the fact that City will be playing only one Premier League match in the next 24 days after this match, we are expecting Guardiola to name a strong XI despite carrying a 4-0 lead from the first leg.
Ederson (GK); Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo; Gundogan, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Sterling; Aguero
FC Basel are struggling to put a decent run behind them. The Swiss outfit have lost four times in their last five games. Not a good way to face Man City who have created an aura of invincibility at times this season.
The visitors will be without the services of midfielder Taulant Xhaka, who is suspended, while Raoul Petretta and Luca Zuffi, who missed the first leg, could be involved.
Vaclik (GK); Suchy, Lang, Lacroix, Riveros; Stocker, Die, Frei, Petretta, Elyounoussi; Oberlin
FC Basel- 0 Titles
Manchester City- 0 Titles
Head 2 Head- No previous meeting in official matches
Man City – De Bruyne, D. Silva, Aguero
FC Basel – Frei, Elyounoussi, Oberlin
Some key stats:
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 12 European games at Etihad Stadium.
- FC Basel have lost their last two knockout games with an aggregate scoreline of 11-0.
- Manchester City have scored most goals from corners in this season’s Champions League.
- No team has managed to keep a clean sheet against Manchester City in their last 12 games in Champions League.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It’s hard to even imagine FC Basel taking away something from the match. Manchester City should have a comfortable outing in the match. India Fantasy is backing a 3-0 scoreline in favor of the home team.
NOTE: THIS BAS VS MCI MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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