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Basel vs Manchester City Preview and Prediction

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Basel vs Manchester City Preview and Prediction:

 Competition UEFA Champions League
Start Date 13 Feb 2018 – 19:45 GMT
Venue St. Jakob-Park
 Referee Jonas Eriksson

with the Premier league title all but wrapped up, manchester city return to champions league action towards fc basel this week.

Manchester city won their first five group games to wrap up qualification to the knockout stages earlier than losing the dead rubber to shakhtar donetsk on the final matchday.

meanwhile, the swiss outfit finished in the back of manchester united in Group A and beat their english opponents at st. jakob-park along the way.

HEAD TO HEAD

Basel Matches Win Draw Lose
Overall 6 4 0 2
Home 3 2 0 1
Away 3 2 0 1
Manchester City Matches Win Draw Lose
Overall 6 5 0 1
Home 3 3 0 0
Away 3 2 0 1

TEAM NEWS

 Basel
fc basel played a 3-4-3 formation throughout the group stage of the champions league however the lack of their Best defender manuel akanji, who joined borussia dortmund in january, may force them into a back four.
renato steffen also moved to germany throughout the winter break, however valentin stocker returned to the club in january and should play on the right instead.
luca zuffi is a doubt for the 1st leg and won’t get better in time for the home side, even as germano vailati is sidelined.
Manchester City
 Leroy Sané and Fabian Delph had been pictured in training beforehand of Tuesday’s match in opposition to Basel however it stays to be seen whether this match will come too soon for the duo.
David Silva failed to overcome injury in time to face Leicester on Saturday and remains a doubt for the away side here, although is anticipated to feature.
John Stones and Vincent Kompany will push for begins at centre-back after being named on the bench on the weekend, while Phil Foden is another option after making his comeback in opposition to the Foxes.
Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko war for a starting position at left-back in Switzerland with Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph still sidelined.

RECENT FORMS

  TEAM FORM
  W L W W L
  W D W W W

MISSING PLAYERS

 Basel

Player Status
Germano Vailati   Out
Luca Zuffi   Doubtful

Manchester City

Player Status
Benjamin Mendy   Out
Gabriel Jesus   Out
Fabian Delph   Doubtful
Leroy Sané   Doubtful
David Silva   Doubtful

Expected Lineups Of  Basel vs Manchester City

 Basel Lineup (4-4-2)

GK: Vaclik

Def: Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Petretta

Mid: Stocker, Gonzaroua, Xhaka Elyounoussi

Att: Oberlin, van Wolfswinkel

Manchester City Lineup (4-3-3)

GK: Ederson

Def: Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinkchenko

Mid: De Brunye, Fernandinho, D. Silva

Att: B. Silva, Aguero, Sterling

 

Prediction: 1-2

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