Manchester City vs FC Basel: Odds & PredictionBy Pavithran Chidambaram
December 19, 2018
Man City are likely to progress through the knockout stage as no team has progressed to the next round following a 0-4 home defeat in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie. The Spaniard may rotate the squad heavily and insists there will be no complacency from his side.Manchester City has never failed to score in their last 12 Champions League games, also their longest run in the competition and also scoring six goals from corners this season. The Citizen’s are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League games at the Etihad stadium (W9 D3), winning each of their last four, their longest run on home soil in the competition.
Jesus may return to start the game this year after being sidelined by injury and also Delph & Sterling may get a nod despite the pair making good progress after hamstring injuries and David Silva would miss out the game for personal reasons.Basel is having a disastrous season with four defeats in their last five matches with injuries affecting the squad and morale down after knocked out of the Swiss Cup by league leaders Young Boys in their last match. Jesus may look to break the deadlock with Bernardo Silva and Gundogan in behind and a quick goal for Citizens may prove to be decisive.
Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 2nd leg
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 1.15am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
First leg result: Manchester City 4-0 FC Basel
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Kompany, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Touré, Foden; Bernardo, Jesus, Sané
Basel (3-4-3): Vaclík; Lacroix, Suchý, Balanta; Lang, Zuffi, Serey Dié, Riveros; Stocker, Oberlin, Elyounoussi
Man City Injuries: Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, David Silva
Basel Injuries: Taulant Xhaka
Man City 2:0 Basel
Photo Courtesy: Mancity.com