FC Basel vs Manchester City preview, betting tips and prediction: City need to take the initiative in Switzerland
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Manchester City travel to Basel for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. Pep Guardiola’s men have been mightily impressive in all competitions this season and, though their manager insists a clean sweep of trophies is impossible, they can take a step closer to the dream by reaching the quarter finals in Europe. An away victory will be crucial to those chances, even though they are almost invincible at the Etihad Stadium.
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Though they are overwhelming favourites after cruising through the group stages and opening a 13-point gap atop the Premier League, Guardiola is unlikely to take Basel lightly. He shouldn’t, either, because the Swiss giants showed what they were capable of by beating Manchester United earlier in the competition. But City have eased past better sides this season and they shouldn’t have too many issues here.
Although City were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in the campaign, they have rarely been taken out of their comfort zone. Two victories over Napoli and another double over Feyenoord allowed them to show their dominance, just as they have done in the Premier League. They have only lost twice in all competitions this term and have broken a number of records.
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Basel come into this game sitting six points behind rivals Young Boys in the Swiss League table, but their performance in the Champions League group stages will inspire them most, when they rallied to beat CSKA Moscow into the knockout stages.
Guardiola continues to be without Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy through injury.
Basel are missing Germano Vailati and Luca Zuffi for this tie.