Manchester City vs Basel Prediction 7 March 2018
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Manchester City vs Basel Prediction 7 March 2018

Tournament: UEFA Champions League
Location: Etihad Stadium
Match date: 07.03.2018 at 19:45

On March 7 2018 at 19:45 in the upcoming second leg game of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 at the Etihad Stadium the local Manchester City are going to host Basel. In the first leg game Manchester City won 4:0.

The difference in class between the teams is obviously too big to thing about any chances of Basel in the current round. For Example, Manchester City easily outplayed the current champions of the English Premier League last weekend. Chelsea looked really poor at the Etihad Stadium and it even looked like the Citizens were visited by the outsiders not by the team from the Euro Cups zone. The Blues managed to avoid a loss with the devastating score and yet it looked like Manchester City didn’t even try hard in the second half of the game.

Well, something like that happened in the matched Manchester City played against Arsenal. Even though the Gunners were comparatively good in attack, their defense was really unreliable and they lost 0:6 in those two matches. And again the Citizens didn’t look like they were trying their best in those matches. Everything they were doing seemed really easy for them.

So, as you see, Manchester City deal with their competitors from the first half of the standings of the English Premier League without even trying very hard. There were some doubts about the middle of the pitch as they are missing Fernandinho from the squad and yet Hundogan seems very reliable there. Even when the Citizens play with their not main squad, they still look really strong and capable of fulfilling their tasks.

The team must be extremely reliable in defense to keep their goal clean and that’s something Basel are obviously not able to do. They make a lot of mistakes in defense even playing against the teams from their national elite division. After the winter break Basel lost to St. Gallen, Lugano and Young Boys and only outplayed the middle-peasants of the league Thun and it was extremely difficult for them to win there.

As for the first leg game of the current stage of the champions League, Basel looked really poor in it playing against the citizens. They were pressed to their box and their attempts to play in open football led to their devastating lose. Moreover, their main squad defender won’t participate in the upcoming match because of the disqualification.

All of the facts we have already mentioned make us really pessimistic about the chances of Basel to avoid a devastating loss in the upcoming match. They only managed to score two goals in the five matches played after the winter break and they only did it playing against the outsiders of the league. As for Manchester City, they scored at least two goals in 10 of their latest 11 home matches. Moreover, they won 15 of their national elite division games with two or more goals advantage in the current season. Basel lost in their four of the latest five games played. And that’s why we actually think