Manchester City vs FC Basel preview, betting tips and prediction: City need a professional display at the Etihad
Manchester City to win with over 3.5 goals @ 6/5 with Betfair
Manchester City to win 3-0 @ 5/1 with Betfair
FC Basel to win either half @ 6/1 with Betfair
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City appear not to have been challenged much this season, such has been their dominance. It is rare that anyone has as much freedom to approach a Champions League knockout tie, but City can be relaxed in the knowledge that it would take a collapse of monumental proportions for them not to progress past FC Basel after their stunning 4-0 win in Switzerland. Guardiola, though, will not want his players to take it easy, even if the build up to this leg at the Etihad Stadium has been rather strange.
The safe money is on City to ease through with another stellar performance at home, where they have been in monstrous form all season. Only Everton, in their first game there this season back in August, have stopped them winning at the Etihad, and Basel are far from their toughest opponent. It may be worth backing the visitors to take a half time lead at 6/1, banking on a complacent performance from the hosts, but with Guardiola around that is rather unlikely. He may reshuffle his side, but that will only give talented players like Gabriel Jesus a chance to shine.
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City’s form is the same as ever, phenomenal. The poor defeat at Wigan in the FA Cup aside, they have remained in the ascendency, with only five wins needed, at the time of writing, to wrap up the Premier League table.
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Basel are well off the pace domestically, sitting nine points behind Young Boys in the Swiss league.
Neither side has any fresh injury concerns coming into this game.