Europe: Champions League – Play-off
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
The most interesting are forthcoming 2-matches meetings of Real against PSG, Barcelona against Chelsea, Tottenham against Juventus and Manchester United against Sevilla out of eight pairs of the first round of the playoffs of the current Champions League tournament.
But bright favorite of the English season Man City, according to experts and football analysts was incredibly lucky with a draw procedure. As the Swiss Basel became the nearest opponent of the Citizens.
Man City (the head coach Josep Guardiola)
The most popular sports editions of Europe constantly express opinion that this season the hosts of Etihad Stadium can win all four official tournaments in which they participate.
Now for the team of Josep Guardiola the most real is the victory in Football League Cup. Then Man City will become the new champion of England ahead of schedule. But the fight is still in future for the FA Cup and for a title of the Europe club champion.
Basel (head coach Raphaël Wicky)
Its first match the team of Josep Guardiola (as the winner of one of the groups) will spend on the field of the opponent, that is, on the field of the national grandee of the Swiss Super League. We will remind you that from year to year Basel is becoming the best club of the country.
But today, after twenty rounds the team of Raphaël Wicky takes the second place, being five points behind Young Boys (38 against 43 points). Alas, the defending champion of Switzerland during home match had lost to the middle level team Lugano in the previous round (0:1).
Quite obvious favorite of the forthcoming English-Swiss opposition is the only leader of the Premier League.
However right now the question of how quickly will the team of Josep Guardiola solve the problem of getting into the quarterfinal is the most important one. It is possible, that during the first away match the Citizens will use close football. And then, the hosts of Etihad Stadium will make meaning perfectly plain.
Basel – 10.00, draw – 4.75, Man City – 1.35;
Our tip: total under 3.5 - odds 1.62 5Dimes