Manchester City vs Basel: A Preview of Wednesday’s UCL Clash

Man City VS Basel

What happened when Man City travelled to Switzerland for the first leg?

Premier League table toppers Manchester City are gearing up for their Round of 16 second leg clash with Swiss side Basel, after hammering the RotBlaus 4-0 at St Jakob-Park last time out and there’s no reason to expect anything different this time around.

How are the teams looking going into this fixture?

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Under Pep Guardiola, the Citizens have been a force to be reckoned with this season, sitting pretty in the league, 15 points ahead of Liverpool in second and topping their Champions League group, a competition City have historically struggled to progress in.

Prior to facing last season’s Premier League champions, Chelsea, on Sunday, Man City recorded four wins from their previous six games, with a draw at Burnley and an FA Cup loss to Wigan in there also.

Not ones to dwell on defeat, however, Pep’s side proved it was little more than a blip by dismantling Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final and then again at the Emirates. Ouch.

Basel, on the other hand, sit second in their domestic league behind Young Boys and have only recorded two wins from their last six games in all competitions, losing four, including their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Wednesday’s opponents Man City, which incidentally was Basel’s first defeat at St Jakob-Park in the UCL knockout stages.

What kind of result can we expect to see?

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Manchester City are unbeaten at home this season, and while Basel haven’t lost in their last 10 games away, they are staring down the barrel of a massive deficit on aggregate.

While City will be hopeful of returns to action for Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and Kyle Walker, it’s likely that Pep will rotate his squad to rest some key players as we enter the final stages of the domestic league.

As it stands, though, their strength in depth still presents a mountain for the Swiss side to climb and so it’d be a risk to bet on anything other than another routine win for Man City for some easy money.

We’re predicting another rout, but not on the same scale as the first leg: 3-1 to the hosts.

What are the fans saying?

40% of fans think Man City will win, while 31% expect a draw and only 29% think they might see an unlikely Basel victory. The majority of fans (61%), don’t expect Basel to get on the scoresheet at all.

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