UEFA Champions League Bookies round up week 1: FC Basel vs Manchester City

UEFA Champions League Bookies round up week 1: FC Basel vs Manchester City

This match comes as no surprise, Manchester City carrying on with their great track record for away games this season winning 16 of 21 in matches from all competitions. Thus also being their 34th win this season in all competitions, only one short of their last seasons total wins with many more to play.

The first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 has come to a close with many obvious outcomes and a few which have upset some bookmakers! With leg two approaching at a rapid pace what do bookmakers and statistics say about who will advance to the daunting round of 8.

Looking at teams past performances in the championship as well as their past few games outside of the championship it is possible to make a simple deduction of who are favorites to make it into the the round of 8.

FC Basel vs Manchester City (0-4)

This match comes as no surprise, Manchester City carrying on with their great track record for away games this season winning 16 of 21 in matches from all competitions. Thus also being their 34th win this season in all competitions, only one short of their last seasons total wins with many more to play.

Basel on the day were outplayed in every possible aspect of the game by the English side. The Swiss side gave their all trying to overpower City, hardly being able to keep the ball and only having a mere 25% of the overall possession. Their shots at goal were nothing but desperate attempts to try and silence their opponents, with only three from ten were on target.

City however, came into the match as favorites, exhibiting their skills and teamwork showing why they at the top of the English Premier League. Having a well disciplined game, keeping most of the possession and taking advantage of every opening they saw, the Swiss side we lucky not to have lost by a bigger margin.

Basel travel to the City of Manchester Stadium with an almost out of the question possibility of victory but hoping to restore some pride. They go into the next leg only winning 2 of their last 5 matches which won’t give much of a moral boost at all, though, City’s loss to Wigan in the FA Cup gives them a slight glimmer of hope.

With this leg match being a home game for City and having scored 4 away goals, the English side are due to give their home fans a spectacular performance providing they don’t let their guard down like they did in 2 of their last 5 games. City will go into this match with one objective which is, to send the Swiss team home with their tails between their legs.

Bookmakers prediction: Manchester City to win by 3