Manchester City are aiming to take control of their Champions League last 16 clash against Basel when they travel to St-Jakob Park for Tuesday’s first leg.
Boasting a surely unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s men must be determined to prove their quality at the very highest European level.
Having won five of their six group fixtures in this season’s competition, they are 1/3 (1.33) favourites with dabblebet to gain the upper hand in this tie by securing a vital away victory in Switzerland.
However, the RotBlau have won four of their last five home games against English clubs in this competition, and are on offer at 7/1 (8.00) to maintain that excellent record by coming out on top here.
None of the guests’ last eight Champions League fixtures have resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on this one finishing up all square.
Raphael Wicky lost the services of Manuel Akanji and Renato Steffen after both moved to Germany in the January transfer window, while Luca Zuffi is doubtful for this clash due to injury.
Leroy Sane remains sidelined for the Citizens, who will also be missing Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus and Fabian Delph. David Silva is also a doubt.
Red Hot City
Despite their long injury list and talk of fatigue taking its toll on a depleted squad, Guardiola’s men were still able to easily thrash Leicester City 5-1 in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
That performance should have set off loud alarm bells for Basel, who have lost two of their best players since the group stages and went down 1-0 to Lugano in their most recent home game.
Tips and Predictions
Bound to be fully motivated as they look to put one foot in the quarter-finals, odds of 5/6 (1.83) seem generous on an in-form City winning by at least two goals for their third away game in for in this season’s competition.