Current form FC Basel
Of course, FC Basel is a clear underdog in the duels with the top club of the Premier League. Here, however, we also see the biggest advantage of the Swiss. Nobody expects a point win, let alone a rise of the series champion from the EM host country 2008. Fact is also that the men of Raphael Wicky are currently not even in Switzerland, the number one. Currently they are in the table of the Super League in second place, 5 points behind the Young Boys from Bern. This fact does not make the balancing act between national and international business easier. The results of the previous second half can also be seen only partially. Especially the 0-1 home defeat against FC Lugano makes the fact that Manchester City comes to visit, not too much hope. Nevertheless, if one goes back a little in an analysis of the recent results, the situation of the surprise knockout is already better: The loss to Lugano was not only made up for by a 2-0 win against FC Thun last Saturday, but was the only one in the last 13 matches of the Swiss championship. Already towards the end of the first round Basel came in with 5 wins in a row, in each of which at least two hits, very good momentum. Also, the results in the group phase of the Champions League are here again input into this forecast. Especially since Basel has already proved on Matchday 5 that it can compete against a Manchester club at home. The Wicky-Elf beat Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a last-minute goal, laying the groundwork for the final progress. Above all, we see the strengths of the Swiss in a compact defensive as well as in the quick changeover game. This has been impressively demonstrated by the 5-0 home win in Group A against Benfica. Important: Even in terms of personnel, you can almost always draw on the full in Basel. Currently, only Germano Vailati is certainly not involved, even behind a use of Luca Zuffi is currently still a question mark. From a technical point of view, we expect Basel to be a bit more defensive than in the group stage, where we usually played 3-4-3. However: In the 10 home games of the Super League, FCB have even had to take more hits (10) than this was the away game in 11 matches (7). Of the recent 4 matches in the championship ended, however, equal to 3 without conceding for FC Basel. Naturally, we also see strengths in Swiss playing in wing play. With Mohamed Elyounoussi you put the clear best assistants of the Super League (11 assists), acted on the right of the most dangerous defender of the same, Michael Lang, who could already achieve 4 goals this season.
Current form Manchester City
If the opponents were not called Manchester City, we would probably give FC Basel a good chance of a respectful success or even the big coup in terms of promotion. But in our opinion they go to zero. While the FCB is currently lagging behind Young Boys Bern, City continues to lead the Premier League table confidently. There is currently hardly a weak point in the team of Pep Guardiola, as the following analysis of the co-favorite on the CL title will show: City is currently no longer quite as confident on the way, as this was already the case this season, 72 points 27 encounters still leave all experts astonished. After all, this means that you have currently lost only one defeat, as happened in the duel with Liverpool a few weeks ago (3: 4). It was followed by sovereign victories against the stragglers Newcastle United (3: 1) and West Bromwich Albion (3: 0) and a 1-1 draw against Burnley. This gap was eliminated at the weekend with a clear 5: 1 win against Leicester City and thus against a top 10 team in the Premier League. That translates to Manchester City having scored at least 3 goals in 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches. Another episode in the leader’s never-ending offensive story. With an unbelievable 79 goals after 27 games, they keep in the league at an average of almost 3 goals per game, and one or the other will be successful in Basel – and we are relatively sure of that. 10 wins in 13 away games of the Premier League also speak a clear language. However, also 3 of 4 point losses came in the league abroad. In addition, the Guardiola team could win none of their last three away games. A statistic that you hardly believe in all the track records of recent weeks and months. Nevertheless, this does not change anything for the favorites role of the guests for Tuesday. Above all, because we see City due to its ball security and its own pace in the game forward not particularly vulnerable to Basel counterattack. Personnel coach Guardiola also has significantly more resources available than its counterpart Raphael Wicky, even if on Tuesday Mendy, Jesus and Delph fix and Silva and Sané are likely to fail, which, especially in midfield lacking important alternatives. One man should be responsible for the necessary hits: Sergio Agüero. The Argentinian proved to be in great shape in time for the CL-KO phase, scoring an incredible 4 goals (!) In one match against Leicester and thus as many as the entire Basel team in the last three championship games. Overall, he holds with 21 goals after 27 games, followed by Raheem Sterling, who was also allowed to cheer 15 times.
Our Prediction: City win @ 1.40