After a two-month standstill, the ball returns to the Champions League on Tuesday, February 13, in the round of 2017/2018. St. Jakob-Park, in Basel, will host the resumption of the competition. Basel will host Manchester City, which is considered the biggest contender for the title. The game starts scheduled for 17:45 (Brasília time).
From this stage, the duels will be defined in round-trip matches. In case of equal number of points, goal balance and number of goals scored away from home can be used as tiebreaker criteria. The second match between City and Basel is scheduled for Manchester on 7 March.
Basel’s recent performance
The Swiss managed to qualify for the round of 16 by finishing second in Group A. They had 12 points (four wins and two losses). They were behind Manchester United (15), but they overcame CSKA (nine) and Benfica (who did not score).
Due to the strong winter, Switzerland has a long stoppage in their championship. The local Superliga stopped its activities on December 17 and only resumed the games in early February. Basel finished 2017 in second place after 19 rounds, two points behind the Young Boys.
In 2018, it opened its preparation in January. He made five friendlies with two wins, one draw and two defeats. However, it did not have a good restart of dispute. He lost at home to Lugano, 1-0. But the reaction was soon. In the second round of the year, number 21 of the season, he overcame Thun as a visitor, scoring 2-0 on Saturday, February 10.
Young Boys, who started better, increased their lead in the title race. Now it has five forward points. Although he has worsened his situation in the fight for the trophy, Basel remain calm in the race for the next edition of the Champions League, reserved for the top two in the Swiss Championship. It has ten points ahead in the comparison with Zurich, third place.
The current form of Manchester City
While the rival had a much greater time of preparation, the City faced an agenda full of commitments at the beginning of the season. After all, he is involved in the four-way title race. In addition to the Champions League, fight for the trophies of the English Championship, the League Cup and the Cup of England.
Considered the biggest favorite to win the continental tournament title, City gave on Saturday, February 10, another step to secure also victory in the Premier League. At home, they defeated Leicester, 5-1. He thus achieved 72 points (23 wins, three draws and one loss). Taking advantage of the failure of Manchester United, who lost to Newcastle by 1 to 0, opened ahead of 16 points over the deputy leader.
Remaining 11 rounds to the end, the big question now is not whether City will be English champion, but rather when that dispute will be mathematically decided. This may allow coach Pepe Guardiola to scale reserve teams in the tournament and focus his efforts on crown achievements.
In the Cup, League, City is already in the final. He will play for Arsenal on 25 February. In the Cup of England, reached the eighth of end. Will face Wigan on February 19.
This will certainly be necessary because of not only the wear and tear of players, but the large number of bruises that have been happening. For the game of this Tuesday, they are delivered to the care of the medical department and should not be able to act the defender Benjamin Mendy (four games in English Championship 2017/2018, no goal); the Fabian Delph socks (16 games, a goal), Leroy Sane (22 games, seven goals) and David Silva (21 games, five goals); and striker Gabriel Jesus (18 games, eight goals).
History of the matches between Basel and Manchester City
This will be the first match between teams.
Even with significant embezzlements, Manchester City have managed to show the strength of their squad and the solidity of their standard of play. So it should be pointed out as the best guessing option even if it acts out of your domains. It has a price of 1.36 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 5.00. Swiss success for 11.00 for real card invested. Quotes were in effect at 9:04 am on 12/2/2018.