Manchester City vs Basel predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & football TV News
Wednesday, March 7
Manchester City once again remain without long term absentee Benjamin Mendy,while Fernandinho is again ruled out.Raheem Sterling could return from a brief injury absence,but is more likely to be rested given the aggregate score.Fabian Delph’s domestic ban will have no impact on this game, which see him regain his place in the team with Guardiola expected to rotate his side.
Basel are again without goalkeeper Germano Vailati due to a longstanding injury,while centre back options are increasingly limited due to the absence of Taulant Xhaka through a suspension and Eder Balanta through injury.With that in mind,manager Raphael Wicky is likely to move away from the back three formation seen in the last leg to his more regular 4-4-2 formation.
Man City to beat Basel 3-0 is 11/2 with Paddy Power
Man City are likely to continue where they left off in the first leg, and qualify for the quarter-finals in style.
Basel come into the match in terrible form, especially in front of goal.
The task awaiting FC Basel is showcased by the odds.The Swiss giants are 20/1 to win at Manchester City.
And, FC Basel are 125/1 to somehow turn things round and qualify for the next round of the Champions League.
Since that’s not happening, betting on some of Manchester City’s fringe players to score could well be the best way to go.
Gabriel Jesus is 11/4 to score the first goal and 16/5 to score the last goal.
Raheem Sterling is 7/2 to score the first goal between Manchester City and Basel.
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Man City vs Basel: Champions League Round of 16 preview
Aggregate: Man City 4-0 Basel
Manchester City host Basel at the Etihad on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Campions League Round of 16 tie.
Pep Guardiola’s side got the job done in the first leg,beating Basel 4-0 in Switzerland.Ilkay Gundogan scored a brace, while Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva were also on the scoresheet.
Since the first leg, City have won three of their four matches and picked up the Carabao Cup trophy along the way.
Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the game in City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.City need just four more wins to confirm the Premier League title.
Basel are on a terrible run
Basel find themselves in a torrid run of form, with four defeats in their last five matches.Raphael Wicky’s side have lost both of their matches since the first leg and have failed to score in any of their last three.
Basel were knocked out of the Swiss Cup by league leaders Young Boys in their last match which ended 2-0.
Their league match against Zurich on Saturday was postponed due to weather.
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Man City team news vs Basel
Raheem Sterling could return from a thigh injury.
Gabriel Jesus could start his first match since returning from injury.
Benjamin Mendy has returned to training following an ACL injury,although the left-back is only expected to be available in April.
Fernandinho remains a doubt and will be assessed ahead of kick off.
Danilo,Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho are all a booking away from a suspension.
Basel team news vs Man City
Taulant Xhaka, brother of Granit, is suspended.
Goalkeeper Germano Vailati is a long-term absentee following shoulder surgery.
Luca Zuffi has returned from injury after being sidelined for the first leg.
Eder Balanta is a doubt due to muscular problems.
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