Manchester City vs. FC Base Champions League
After a great match and a convincing victory in Basel, Manchester City had one of the worst games this season when they were defeated in the round of sixteen of the FA Cups by Wigan. This was a totally unexpected defeat, because City was in great form in the championship, and they were really impressive in the Champions League. Obviously it was just a bad day in which they were likely to underestimate their opponents and it has cost them dearly.
Immediately after this shocking defeat, they won the League Cup, after a victory over Arsenal with 3-0, while they mastered the dame team with the same result in the championship as guests. Last weekend they celebrated in another big derby, this time against Chelsea with 1-0 and so they once more confirmed that they do not have any real rivals in the Premiership. Coach Guardiola has a good opportunity to change the starting lineup for this match and he will probably do so.
Probable lineups Manchester City: Bravo – Danilo, Stones, Kompany, Delph – Foden, Yaya Toure, de Bruyne – B.Silva, Jesus, L.Sane
Basel had a hard time in the first round and it was clear they were saying goodbye to the Champions League, but after the lottery they were aware of the weight of the task and when it comes to this competition, they can be happy at the end, because they have passed the group stage where they showed great football. However, Basel’s elimination from the Champions League is not the biggest challenge. After many years of dominance, this team lost the championship title in Switzerland and they would really need a miracle to catch up with Young Boys, which have 14 points more, with two duels more.
After that they have also suffered a defeat in the semi-finals of the Cup, from Young Boys, a team that has also shown that they are a lot better this season. Two consecutive defeats at home in the championship are just another proof that something is not good in the ranks of Basel, and all in all, they have lost four of the last five matches. They will practically be complete in Manchester, and with a great desire to give an honourable goodbye, so we expect that they will send their strongest team on the field.
Probable lineups FC Basel: Vaclik – Balanta, Lacroix, Suchy – Lang, Zuffi, Serey Die, Petretta – Stocker, Oberlin, Elyounoussi
Manchester City vs. FC Basel Prediction
Manchester City’s footballers have shown in the first round that they are a better team, and of course we now expect their equally convincing triumph, and maybe Basel does something too, which should bring a lot of goals to this match.
Prediction of the Day: over 3 goals