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Basel vs Manchester City predictions, betting tips and preview: Guardiola aims to make the Swiss suffer again

  • Basel vs Manchester City predictions for their Champions League round-of-16 first leg
  • City's local rivals Manchester United lost away to Basel in the group stage
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Marek Suchy in action for Basel (credit: Getty Images)

Basel vs Manchester City predictions for their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg match at St Jakob-Park on Tuesday February 13. City manager Pep Guardiola engineered Basel’s biggest ever Champions League home defeat. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

Basel vs Manchester City betting tips

Basel must be inwardly dreading the return to their stadium of Pep Guardiola, with his favourites to win the Champions League, following the outcome of his last visit in October 2008.

On that occasion, Guardiola masterminded Basel’s heaviest loss on their own pitch in Europe’s elite club competition, his Barcelona side running out 5-0 winners with all of the goals scored before the clock had even reached 50 minutes.

Barcelona went on to lift the trophy that season and the bookmakers believe Guardiola is on course to do so again with his Manchester City side, who have leapt above the perennial top contenders in the outright betting as a result of their favourable draw for the round-of-16.

There is no question Basel were the team all of the group winners wanted to be paired with having advanced as runners-up behind Manchester United, capitalising on a dismal campaign for Benfica who lost all six of their matches to leave the qualification door wide open.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City in Champions League action (Getty Images)
But the Swiss side issued a warning about their capabilities when they won their home match 1-0 against City’s local rivals, soaking up lots of pressure in the first half and gradually getting into the game after the break before snatching victory with a late goal by Michael Lang.

That success sparked a terrific run of form for Raphael Wicky’s men as they racked up eight straight wins before their winter break, with two domestic league games scheduled upon the resumption to shake off the rust before they host City - although they lost the first of them 1-0 at home to Lugano.

Although Arsenal enjoyed an easy win here in December 2016, generally English teams find this a difficult place to visit and it looks unlikely that Guardiola will enjoy a romp similar to that of his Barcelona boys over nine years ago.

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  • This is the first ever meeting of these clubs and City have never previously played against Swiss opposition in a European competition
  • In their 13 home matches against English teams, Basel have won six, lost five and drawn two
  • Basel have faced English opponents in five previous two-leg knockout ties and advanced from only one of them, against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2012-13 Europa League quarter-finals

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Basel vs Manchester City predictions, betting tips and preview: Guardiola aims to make the Swiss suffer again

Basel vs Manchester City predictions for their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg match at St Jakob-Park on Tuesday February 13. City manager Pep Guardiola engineered Basel’s biggest ever Champions League home defeat. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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