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Osijek (Cro) vs Basel (Sui) Prediction & Betting tips
The fact that football enjoys a very special social status cannot be ignored. The fact that professionals even benefit from an exception rule in these difficult times and are allowed to travel to a country classified by the government as a risk area without subsequently having to go into the quarantine that was actually ordered causes many Swiss people to shake their heads.
Specifically, it is about the game between Osijek and FC Basel. According to the odds of the best bookmakers, the third-placed winner of the past Super League season is traded as a favorite, but there are various factors that make the task extremely difficult for last year’s quarter-finalist. In particular, the fact that the “Bebbi” had virtually no preparation time under the new coach could turn out to be a (negative) X-factor.
Former Bundesliga professional Ciriaco Sforza has been in office at FCB for just two weeks. The first and so far only test match was lost and the players are currently not leaving the impression that they are one hundred percent ready to start the new competitive season. Logically, it would be daring to make a prognosis for the progress of the Swiss between Osijek and FC Basel.
The home side, however, have big plans and, despite the lack of support from fans who are still not admitted to UEFA competitions, want to take advantage of the home advantage to reach at least the third round of qualification for the first time since 2017. Due to the tight schedule, this second-round duel will also be decided in just 90 minutes plus any extra time and penalty shoot-outs. A surprise doesn’t seem unrealistic.
Since the UEFA Cup became the UEFA Europa League in 2009, this competition has been held without NK Osijek. In the last four attempts on the international stage, the Croatian club failed early in the qualification. This season everything should be different. The Slavons want to benefit from the peculiarity that until the playoffs, the matches will not be decided in the return leg, but only in one match.
Accordingly, it only takes two wins to reach the final qualifying round and to dream of participating in the Europa League for the first time. The opening hurdle is tough for coach Nenad Bjelica’s team. At home, the fourth-placed team from the past season will deal with the quarter-finalists from last year, FC Basel.
The fact that the white-blue team still calculate their chances of progressing is primarily due to the coach, whose commitment at the beginning of September caused a lot of cheers among the fans. No wonder, because the former Lautern professional was born in Osijek and also has a player history in the fourth largest city in the country. The 49-year-old last worked as a coach at Dinamo Zagreb and led the industry leader to two championships and a trophy.
His debut in Osijek last weekend could hardly have gone better. After a disastrous start to the season with only one point from three games, which cost Kulusevic the job, the team celebrated a 3-0 victory at Bjelica’s premiere in the home game against Rijeka.
Due to the newly gained self-confidence, the changed game idea and the euphoria that has arisen, we attest the tip on the host for the qualifying match between Osijek and Basel as extremely attractive.
FC Basel :
A good month ago, FC Basel fought against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Europa League final tournament 2019/2020 in North Rhine-Westphalia for the semi-finals. Four weeks later, the “Bebbi” have to start again from scratch. It feels like the Red-Blue start even further down, because as third-placed in the past Super League season, the adventure of the European Cup 2020/21 begins in the second qualifying round.
While many well-known clubs meet alleged football gnomes and can therefore take a relaxed gallop, the former series champion will be challenged from minute one. Before the duel Osijek against FC Basel, the odds predict an exciting course and a fairly open match.
The implied role of favorites is primarily due to the successes of the past and the general quality advantage. If things go according to the current condition and the latest impressions, you would find it extremely difficult to align your forecast between Osijek and FC Basel with the guest.
But that is not really surprising, as the “Bebbi” lost the cup final against Bern two weeks ago under the old coach Marcel Koller and proper preparation has not yet been possible.
Successor Ciriaco Sforza only had a good 14 days to convey his ideas about football to a team that was generally tired and had virtually no break due to the Europa League and Cup fixtures. This doesn’t seem to have really worked yet, because in the only test match to date against the German third division Saarbrücken, the red-blue team got under the wheels 1: 5.