FC Basel vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 31 October 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Before traveling to Moscow two weeks ago, Basel had beaten Benfica 5-0 at home, in what was their biggest win ever in the Champions League. Against CSKA in Russia, they took it a step further, by picking up their first away win in the CL group stage in four years. Last time they had managed to win away from home, was in 2013, when they beat Chelsea 2-1 in London. In Moscow, they were definitely a bit lucky to avoid conceding, but looking at how the whole match went, I feel there is little doubt (if any) that Basel deserved to win. Especially when counterattacking, they were absolutely… frightening. They had four consecutive wins in all competitions before getting stuck to a 0-0 draw at Zurich last weekend, not a bad result though, given that Zurich are just one point behind them in the table, and they were playing away from home. Basel remain second, behind Switzerland championship leaders Young Boys.
It feels as if CSKA Moscow… realized which is their ceiling in this Champions League group, when they hosted Basel two weeks ago. After a big win at Benfica on the opening day of the group stage, they got thrashed by Manchester United at home. The game against Basel would show who has what it takes to follow United to the round of 16, and those 90 minutes in Moscow left zero doubt that Basel are a better team. It will take CSKA a display infinitely better than that of Lisbon to pick up all three points in Switzerland. If they lose, which feels very probable, their target will have to get… readjusted, and be finish third, above Benfica so as to play Europa League football come February 2018. On Friday, they lost 1-0 at Arsenal Tula. They remain third in Russia’s Premier League, behind Zenit and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Previous five matches:
Zürich vs Basel 0-0
Rapperswil-Jona vs Basel 1-2
Basel vs Thun 2-1
CSKA Moscow vs Basel 0-2
Lugano vs Basel 0-4
Arsenal Tula vs CSKA Moscow 1-0
CSKA Moscow vs Zenit 0-0
CSKA Moscow vs Basel 0-2
Krasnodar vs CSKA Moscow 0-1
CSKA Moscow vs Ufa 0-0
Basel’s next game is again at home, versus Young Boys, the coming Sunday (Switzerland championship). Same day, CSKA will be visiting Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia Premier League).
FC Basel vs CSKA Moscow: Head to head Stats
The game in Moscow two weeks ago was the first ever between these two.
FC Basel vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
Having looked superior in Moscow two weeks ago, I feel Basel can be trusted to win this game as well.
FC Basel vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
Basel’s double chance at 1.20 is good enough only for the ultra-conservative. Their win pays 1.80 and is my main tip. “Over 2.5 combined goals” is at 1.95 betting odds, and Basel’s win combined with over 2.5 goals pays a very good 2.85.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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