Basel vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
13th February, 19:45 pm BST
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Live Stream: Watch Basel vs Manchester City live on BT Sport 3
Basel vs Manchester City Preview
Basel host Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 this week and the Premier League giants will be looking to secure a big win in the first leg.
The hosts cannot be underestimated despite their lack of quality. They managed to beat Manchester United 1-0 at home in December in the group stages.
Also, Manchester City have been quite unpredictable on the road in the recent weeks. They have only won two of their last five in all competitions and this could be a tricky outing for them.
Basel vs Manchester City Team News
Luca Zuffi is a doubt for the home side and Germano Vailati is sidelined.
Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus and Fabian Delph are still sidelined for City.
Predicted Basel Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Petretta; Die, Xhaka; Bua, Elyounoussi, Stocker; Oberlin
Predicted Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Kompany, Laporte; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, Silva
Basel vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions. Bet on the away side to win or draw.
Manchester City have scored 17 goals in their last six matches in all competitions. Over 2.5 goals seem likely.
Basel vs Manchester City Prediction
Manchester City are firm favourites to win on current form.
Basel are heading into this game on the back of a home defeat. Also, they are severely out of their depth against a team as good as City.
An away win seems certain here.
Basel 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has passed on some advice to Paul Pogba, telling him how he can improve his performances.
The Frenchman has perhaps unfairly come in for some criticism for his recent performances in central midfield with some fans claiming he lacks discipline.
Although he should certainly shoulder some blame, other supporters have pointed the finger at Jose Mourinho for failing to use him correctly.
Pogba has proven to be absolutely brilliant when playing in the 4-3-3 formation but seems to struggle when forced to play in the double pivot of a 4-2-3-1.
Neville believes that while this is true, the midfielder could add something else to his game to make him a better player for United.
Gary Neville on Pogba: “He does need to add maturity to his game. He’d be better in a three in the big matches. United are far better with him in the team. If you look at him as an individual, he’s extremely talented.” #mufc
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 11, 2018
Gary’s assessment of Paul as an individual is something that can be applied to other players in the Red Devils squad.
Some sections of fans have been absolutely disgusted with the club’s loss to Newcastle as they believe the quality of players are there and they’re simply not being used correctly.
Lukaku had an extraordinary game in which he certainly didn’t deserve to be on the losing team but the others could’ve performed better perhaps.
Sanchez was impressive but was guilty of missing a chance as was Martial who was forced to play in the unnatural position of right wing.
Lingard meanwhile seems to have seen his purple patch of form come to an end and whilst he wasn’t poor, he could’ve been a bit more decisive as fans know he can be.
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken about Virgil van Dijk’s mindset ahead of the club playing Southampton, after the defender of course pushed through a move to the Reds.
He claimed that the mindset of the player is OK, and while the fans may not be thrilled about seeing their former star, the defender will just have to get on with it.
“It is obviously quite special and yes, for sure, I will talk to Virgil about it. With other players I didn’t talk about it but for him yes, of course,” said Klopp.
“It will not be a normal game [for him], how can it be? It was a special story, most of the time really positive and then the end not that positive. And I think how football fans are they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle.
“Is it nice? I don’t think so. Will it have influence? I don’t think so. But we are all human beings, we are influenced by circumstances.
“We have to accept it how it is: loud, not nice maybe, but still we have to play football.”
Liverpool, along with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, are all in a fight for the top four and Klopp knows that a good run at this point in the season is vital. The club cannot see their hard work go to waste, and while beating the likes of Manchester City is certainly impressive, they cannot then go and drop points to sides like Swansea if they want to once again be in the Champions League come next season.
A top four finish will be vital – especially when it comes to attracting the top class players they want come the summer and spending the Coutinho money.
Manchester City vs Leicester
English Premier League 2017/18
10th February, 17:30 pm BST
Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Leicester live on Sky GO
Manchester City vs Leicester Preview
Manchester City host Leicester in the Premier League this weekend and the league leaders will be looking to get back to winning ways here.
They were held to a draw last weekend and Guardiola’s men will be fired up for this one.
Meanwhile, the Foxes are on the up and they will aim to finish seventh this season. If they can improve their away record, Leicester should be able to leapfrog Burnley with ease.
The Foxes have lost three of their last four away league matches. On the other hand, City have won 12 of 13 Premier League home matches this season and they are favourites to win here.
Manchester City vs Leicester Team News
Mendy, Jesus, Delph and Sane are ruled out for the home side. David Silva and John Stones are doubts for this game.
As for Leicester, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are not likely to feature.
Predicted Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, Silva
Predicted Leicester Starting Lineup (4-4-1-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs; Diabate, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton; Mahrez; Vardy
Manchester City vs Leicester Betting Tips
Manchester City have won their last 12 home matches in the Premier League. Bet on the home side to win here.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City’s last 12 home games in the Premier League.
Manchester City vs Leicester Prediction
Manchester City are firm favourites to win here. They have the best team in the league despite all the injuries.
Leicester are simply out of their depth here. Also, their away form has been quite poor.
A comfortable home win is on the cards here.
Manchester City 3-1 Leicester
Tottenham vs Arsenal
English Premier League 2017/18
10th February, 12:30 pm BST
Live Stream: Watch Tottenham vs Arsenal live on BT Sport 1
Tottenham vs Arsenal Preview
Tottenham host Arsenal in the North London Derby this weekend and both teams will be desperate for the three points.
Both teams are chasing a top-four finish and they cannot afford to drop points against each other.
Spurs are heading into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw at Anfield and Arsenal managed to thrash Everton 5-1 in their last game. Neither side is lacking in confidence right now and this should be a feisty contest.
Tottenham vs Arsenal Team News
Spurs have a fully fit squad to choose from for the derby game. Meanwhile, Arsenal will be without Cazorla for this one.
Predicted Tottenham Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Son, Alli; Kane
Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey; Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; Aubameyang
Tottenham vs Arsenal Betting Tips
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 5 games in the Premier League.
Tottenham are undefeated in their last 12 home matches in the Premier League. Bet on Spurs to win or draw.
Tottenham have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 6 home matches in the Premier League. Bet on the hosts to win both halves.
Tottenham vs Arsenal Prediction
Both teams will be up for this game and it should be a close contest.
It will be hard to separate them on current form and they are likely to cancel each other out.
A draw seems most likely.
Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
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Manchester United will play their first game with video assistant referee technology against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round this month.
VAR was first employed in a competitive professional game in April 2017 when Melbourne City played Adelaide United and has since been installed in both Serie A and the Bundesliga, along with other divisions in Korea, Portugal and the United States.
The technology has been used in England for the first time this season during FA Cup meetings and had a notable impact on Liverpool’s 2-3 defeat to West Ham United.
And it has been confirmed that Man United will play their first game with VAR in place on 17 February 2017.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) February 8, 2018
United would have certainly benefitted from the use of VAR for the challenge on Scott McTominay during the 2-0 win over David Wagner’s side last weekend – a clear red card and penalty.
In this sense, technology is a welcome addition to our game but the extent to which VAR is used, and how much time it consumes, is still a matter of public concern. Resentment towards it is understandable, particularly with the older generation, given the various caveats that still remain in its infancy.
A primary concern – and one that does need to be addressed – states that VAR decisions disrupt the vital flow of any game, along with excluding those in the crowd from its conclusions over vital moments.
But in similar fashion to how many would have been flabbergasted with the overly expensive, complicated and potentially dangerous implications of aviation, we will, over time, come to see VAR as a natural part of the game.