Basel vs Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 22 November 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Everything was going according to plan for Basel, until that 2-1 loss at home three weeks ago, to CSKA Moscow. They didn’t see that one coming… Their defeat at Manchester United on the opening day of the group stage was to be expected. Six points from two games against Benfica (a resounding 5-0 win at home) and CSKA (2-0 triumph in Moscow) put Basel in an excellent position to finish second, but then… blackout. Loss to CSKA at home, 2-1, even though, there was a silver lining in that cloud, the goal Basel scored, which gives them the advantage in case they finish level on points with the Moscow side. Last weekend they beat Sion 5-1 at home, remaining second in the table of Switzerland’s championship, seven points behind leaders Young Boys.
Paul Pogba is back, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back, good times at Manchester United, who beat Newcastle 4-1 at home last weekend, to stay eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City. Four wins in as many games in the group so far have shown everyone who’s the boss. Ten goals scored, just one conceded, not much more United could have done. It will be interesting to see how many “regulars” Jose Mourinho will use in the starting lineup in this match. United are hosting Brighton next weekend, and it may seem like an “easy” game, but in the Premier League no game is really “easy”, even if you’re Manchester United and you’re hosting Brighton. United can afford to drop points in the CL group, but they are already eight points behind City in the Premier League, so it won’t be a surprise if some reserves are given game time in Switzerland.
Previous five matches:
Basel vs Sion 5-1
Basel vs Young Boys 1-1
Basel vs CSKA Moscow 1-2
Zürich vs Basel 0-0
Rapperswil-Jona vs Basel 1-2
Manchester United vs Newcastle United 4-1
Chelsea vs Manchester United 1-0
Manchester United vs Benfica 2-0
Manchester United vs Tottenham 1-0
Swansea City vs Manchester United 0-2
Basel’s next game is on Saturday, at Luzern (Switzerland championship). Same day, United will be visiting Brighton (England Premier League).
Basel vs Manchester United: Head to head Stats
Basel have hosted United twice before. In 2002 they lost 3-1, but in 2011 they actually beat their famous rivals 2-1.
Basel vs Manchester United: Prediction
United are considered clear favorites to win, but personally I’m risking with Basel’s double chance, counting on their motive, which is much bigger than that of Mourinho’s side.
Basel vs Manchester United: Betting Tips
Basel’s double chance is at 1.83 betting odds. Obviously, a draw is more probable than a Basel win, it pays 3.60, but if you prefer to minimize the either way existent risk of betting against United, even that 1.83 is not that bad.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
- Spartak Moscow vs Maribor
- Besiktas vs Porto
- Monaco vs RB Leipzig
- Manchester City vs Feyenoord
- Sevilla vs Liverpool
- APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid
- Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham
- CSKA Moscow vs Benfica
- Qarabag vs Chelsea
- Anderlecht vs Bayern Munich
- PSG vs Celtic
- Atletico Madrid vs Roma
- Juventus vs Barcelona
- Sporting vs Olympiakos