Basel vs Manchester City: The Champions League’s round of 16 start with the surprising Basel hosting the big favourites Manchester City.
After Pep Guardiola’s poor start in the Premier League where he wasn’t able to impose his style on the team, the Citizens started this season very well, with a simply demolishing campaign.
With only 1 loss on the season, the team is strolling through all competitions that they are participating on.
On the Premier League, their advantage is very large, since even with the slip-up on the last round, they lead the competition with a 13-points advantage over United.
On the Champions League, the team advanced in 1st place of a group with Shakhtar, Napoli and Feyenoord.
On the latest matches, we have witnessed a less breath-taking Manchester City than at the beginning of the season. Many attribute that to the insanity that is the Premier League’s schedule.
But the fact is that Guardiola has been managing his team to favour precisely these Champions League’s duels.
There’s no denying that Basel is the great surprise of this Champions League’s round of 16.
The Swiss team wasn’t contending for nothing and they were able to snatch one of the two top spots on a complicated group with Benfica, CSKA and Manchester United.
The team finished in 2nd place, only 3 points behind the Englishmen.
On the Swiss league, the team is currently in 2nd place, 5 points behind the leader Young Boys.
Yes, I consider this Basel team impressive, but to be honest, Basel will face a team on another level here.
Basel vs Manchester City – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Guardiola’s Manchester City has been pointed, and rightly so, as the great team of the season of European football and the big favourites to win the Champions League.
Will Basel have what it takes to withstand their power? I think not.
Even playing away from home, I expect a comfortable win for Manchester City here.
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