AccessBET Preview: FC Basel v Manchester City: Expect both teams to score

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Pep Guardiola's side will prove to be too strong for the Swiss outfit who lost two of their key players in the January transfer window

Basel welcome Manchester City to St-Jakob Park for the first leg round of 16 Uefa Champions League tie on Tuesday night.

City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 16 points after their 5-1 win over Leicester City this past weekend and this can be a morale-booster for them to prove their worth among the European elites.

However, the RotBlau remain second in the Swiss Super League following their 2-0 away win at Thun.

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The Swiss giants finished runners-up in Group A to progress to the round of 16 and have won three of their last five home games against English clubs in this competition. AccessBET offers Basel at (9.10) for them as one of the lesser flights in Europe to stick to that excellent record.

Having claimed 15 vital points from five wins of their Group F outings, City cruised into the round of 16 and are (1.35) favourites to secure the crucial victory away in Switzerland.

Both Manuel Akanji and Renato Steffen got transferred to Germany in the January transfer window , and with Luca Zuffi still sidelined through injury, Raphael Wicky's men will certainly have it all to do.

The visitors’ last six European top-flight fixtures have not yielded a stalemate, though mouth-watering odds of (5.40) is available for this match to end on a no winner, no vanquished state.

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With the Sky Blues scoring 14 goals en route the round of 16, having a record of more than two goals from four out of the six fixtures in the group stage, a repeat of this is quoted at an available price (1.17) by the same firm.

Wicky's charges have scored in all but one of their last five home duels. Should that repeat itself coupled with the attacking strengths of the visiting trio of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, both teams scoring in this game is offered by AccessBET at (1.85).

57% of City's goals in the Champions League this season have been scored in the opening or closing 15 minutes of games. Bookies offer them at the same odds of (1.28) to score the first or last goal of the match.