Manchester City – FC Basel Champions League 07/03/2018

Manchester City – FC Basel Champions League

Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City won the home match at Etihad Stadium with Chelsea champion 1-0, thanks to goals scored by Spaniard David Silva in the 46th minute. Before this Premier League game, the “citizens” also played a “double “with Arsenal London, which they defeated twice with the score of 3-0, once in the final of the League of England Cup and once in the championship.

After 29 rounds of play, the team coached by Spanish Pep Guardiola is in first place in the standings, having 78 points, being virtually champion. The second place is FC Liverpool with 60 points and 3rd place Manchester United with 59 points. “The Sky Blues” have no less than 18 points in advance of the second place, so the title issue is just a matter of time. They have also qualified in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, because in the match played in Switzerland with FC Basel, they were imposed with the score of 4-0. MCFC also won the League Cup, but surprisingly, it was eliminated from the England Cup in the Wigan Athletic optimal stage (0-1, away).

“The Citizens” earned without excitement the F Group of the Champions League with 15 points, followed by 12th Shakhtar Donetsk, 12th Shakhtar Donetsk, SSC Napoli 6p and Rotterdam Rotterdam 3p. The English score was 5 wins and a failure in Kharkov in the last round with Shakhtar Donetsk. Guardiola’s team scored 14 goals, receiving 5 instead. In the previous season of the Champions League, Manchester City was eliminated in the finals of the final of AS Monaco, which he defeated in the first leg on “Etihad Stadium” with the score 5-3, but lost to second Stade Louis II with 3-1.

After winning 4-0 on St. Jakob-Park in front of FC Basel, the main favorite in winning the Champions League will try to beat the Swiss again, even if the game has no stakes. Hosts can not count on French left Benjamin Mendy, who was operated on ligaments, being in recovery. Medical problems were defensive midfielder Fernandinho and right-wing Raheem Sterling, but will be recovered until the Swiss match time.

FC Basel 1893

FC Basel has failed to overcome the defeat in the Champions League tournament with Manchester City when it was overtaken on “St. Jakob-Park” by 4-0. Basel group lost matches played in FC St. Gallen (0-2, home) and in the Swiss Cup semifinals with Young Boys Berna (0-2, away). FC Basel also had to play in the Super League with Lausanne-Sport (away) and FC Zürich (home), but the parties were postponed.

After 22 rounds, Raphaël Wicky’s team is in second place in the Swiss Championship with 41 points, being 14 points in the Young Boys Berna, but has two less played matches. Even if he earned 6 points in the backs with Lausanne-Sport and FC Zürich, “RotBlau” would make 47 points and still be at a great distance from YB leader at 8 points …

FC Basel was in Group A of the Champions League, alongside Manchester United, CSKA Moscow and Benfica Lisbon. The Champion of Switzerland had a good track, winning 12 points and ranking second, qualifying in the finals of the competition. FCB won 4 wins and lost 2 times. The final group A was Manchester United 15p, FC Basel 12p, CSKA Moscow 9p and Benfica Lisboa 0p.

Prediction Manchester City – FC Basel

Manchester United’s “RotBlau” lost 3-0 to “Old Trafford”, but they won “St. Jakob-Park” 1-0, but Manchester City did not have a chance (0-4, İlkay Gündoğan 14, 53, Bernardo Silva 18, Sergio Agüero 23). Players have a low morale because they have already been eliminated from the Champions League, and in the championship they have little chance of getting to Young Boys Berna. The guests can not count on Germano Vailati goalkeeper Etihad Stadium and Colombian central defender Éder Álvarez Balanta who are injured. Albanian defensive midfielder Taulant Xhaka is also missing, which is suspended due to yellow cards.

Prediction of the Day: Manchester City, under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.40

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