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Basel vs Manchester United Prediction & Betting tips
The starting position in a group stage after four of six match days is much clearer than in Group A: Manchester United leads the table with 12 points and is practically in the round of 16, Benfica Lisbon is knocked down in last place with 0 points and is thus already eliminated (if no miracle happens). In between, there are arguments for the remaining tickets for the KO phase in places 2 and 3 of FC Basel and CSKA Moscow, each with six points. The Swiss have the slightly better cards, as they have won the direct comparison against the Russians. Moscow, on the other hand, has the “advantage” of being able to present on Wednesday due to the weather conditions in northern Europe and starting their home game against Lisbon at 18:00 German time. The pressure on Basel could therefore continue to rise until the kick-off. A big question mark is also behind the lineup of guests from the island before the kick-off. Jose Mourinho is known for spinning well in “less important” games. Since his team is almost qualified for the next round, he should give some stars in Basel a breather, which is ultimately the decisive argument for betting on the hosts. At 20:45 this game will be kicked off as usual in the premier class.
FC Basel is facing decisive weeks. In the Champions League, they have missed the big opportunity, on the fourth matchday with a home win against CSKA Moscow safe draw in the second round. With a home victory the lead over the Russians would have been six points and the direct comparison would have been won. For a long time it looked good and the Swiss led by a Zuffi goal until the 65th minute 1-0. But then the guests turned the match and still brought a 2-1 away win, which increased the tension again significantly.
From this late shock, the reigning champion in the Super League has recovered quickly and a few days later a 1-1 draw against the leaders Young Boys Bern. After the international break they turned even a game to 0-1 deficit and FC Sion was defeated after initial problems at the end of a very clear 5-1. By Christmas, Raphael Wicky’s men in the league want to further reduce the gap to the capital club in order not to lose sight of the goal of defending their title. In addition, it is just in the premier class to move into the KO phase and the big money pots. The St. Jakob-Park will tremble against Manchester United and the Swiss fans will try to lead their team to an important home win.
Manchester United plays like a typical Mourinho team these days. True to the motto “a good horse jumps only as high as it has to”, the gameplay of the Red Devils is based on a solid defensive. In the front, often a single action is enough to win. Overall, Manchester played in twelve of the last 18 games to zero and is only six goals in twelve league games, the defensive strongest defense of the Premier League. In this statistic, they are even stronger than the league leaders and big city rival City (seven goals conceded).
Even in the Champions League, the good defense (a goal in four games) is the main reason why the protégés of the Portuguese head coach with one leg are already in the knockout phase. Only if Basel and Moscow win both outstanding games, Manchester loses twice and the Englishmen in the threesome then the weakest, then they could fall back to third place – an almost exclude scenario. It is therefore quite likely that on Wednesday some players from the second row get their chance and other star players in turn get a breather.
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