Last year’s Europa League’s winners Manchester United will face off against Swiss champions Basel, in Manchester, at Old Trafford.
On the English side, they have several absences, namely Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw (injured) and Eric Bailly and Phil Jones (suspended); On the Swiss side, Omar Gaber will be the only absence.
Here we have the possible Starting XI’s for this match:
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku.
Basel: Vaclik, Lang, Suchy, Akanji, Riveros, Zuffi, Xhaka, Steffen, Elyounoussi, Bua, van Wolfswinkel
The English have had a positive start to the season, leading the Premier League, having the best attack in the competition with 12 goals scored and only slipping up on their trip to Stoke, on a 2-2 draw. That is after beginning their season with a loss on the European Supercup against Real Madrid.
As for Basel, they have probably had one of the worst starts to the season in recent history, starting off with a loss against the current 2nd strongest team in Switzerland and then slipping up several times in the following matches.
Namely on three matches where they only got 2 points in 9 possible points.
Besides that, on a more general view, the team has only about half the points that were available in the 7 matches they already played in the Swiss League (11 in 21 possible).
So far, their choice of hiring Raphael Wicky and the dismissal of Urs Fischer has been a failure from the board of the Swiss champions.
Manchester United vs Basel – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Basel is being a let-down on this beginning of the season and things aren’t looking that well for the young manager of the club, which can be dangerous considering the already tough match they will have in Old Trafford, against one of the legendary Champions’ League clubs.
Considering what has been the visitors’ great inconsistency and the consistency of Manchester United playing at home, so far.
Ibelieve that Man Utd won’t have any problems this time against Basel, as opposed to what happened in previous years, due to their opponents’ tricky situation. I believe in a comfortable win for the hosts.
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