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4-3-3 v Basel: Guardiola without these 3 Man City stars for tomorrow's away game; Stats & Predictions

4-3-3 v Basel: Guardiola without these 3 Man City stars for tomorrow’s away game; Stats & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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

 

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Man Utd legend blasts these two defensive stars

Manchester United legend Phil Neville has destroyed the club’s defensive partnership of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling following the result against Newcastle.

The Magpies managed to grab a 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s men in a devastating loss to the club due to the impact it had on the Premier League table.

League leaders Manchester City now hold a 16 point advantage over United who now must be concerned with the clubs below them that are chasing the Champions League spots in the table.

Both Jones and Smalling were involved in the defeat and were heavily criticised for their performances as frustrations continue to grow.

Neville, who once played as a defender for the Red Devils, got involved with the criticism and didn’t not hold back in his assessment of the English pair.

According to Give Me Sport, Phil said: “They have got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic out in front who protects them really well.

“But the last two away games [against Tottenham and Newcastle], Smalling and Jones have been a disaster. Against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, they got bullied.

“Against Newcastle, did they make many mistakes? No, but they created a nervousness and a tension. They were making decisions that were strange.

“They were making decisions all day where you were thinking: ‘What are you doing?’ They brought these two as the best young centre-backs in England.”

Chris and Phil were once expected to be Manchester United’s first choice pairing when brought in as youngsters and whilst that may temporarily be true, no one would’ve thought this would be the case.

It’s fair to say neither player fulfilled their potential and there’s hints that Mourinho feels the same way as he brought in both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to solve the problem.

Unfortunately Bailly has suffered with a few injuries and Lindelof is of course adjusting to his new surroundings, although there were moments of brilliance from him.

One would expect that Eric and Victor will become the new centre-back partnership for United and it’s one that has a lot of potential but fans will be a little more skeptic this time around.

Max Allegri provides fitness updates on Juventus stars ahead of Tottenham

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri this morning provided updates on the fitness of a number of his side’s players, ahead of their trip to Fiorentina tomorrow evening, and subsequent clash with Tottenham Hotspur next week.

Matchup

The return of the Champions League in 5 days’ time will see some mouthwatering fixtures played out, with Juventus welcoming Tottenham to Turin towards the top of the list.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs looked extremely impressive on their way to topping a group that featured both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund late last year, while Juventus, Champions League finalists in 2 of the last 3 seasons, finished runners-up to runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Improving

While the Bianconeri often looked short of their best during the first-half of the campaign, the form of Max Allegri’s men has begun to pick up over recent weeks, with Juve having not lost a fixture since a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sampdoria in the middle of November.

Making this run even more impressive is the fact that the Serie A champions have conceded just one goal over the course of their last 15 matches across all competitions (including games with Barcelona and Napoli, and a 7-0 hammering of Sassuolo at the weekend).

Updates

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s crunch Serie A matchup with fierce rivals Fiorentina tomorrow night, Bianconeri boss Max Allegri was drawn on the fitness of several of the club’s stars:

‘[Juan] Cuadrado is still out but we all knew that would be the case, Dybala, [Benedikt] Howedes and Matuidi are out then the others are available.’

There was more positive news for fans of the Old Lady regarding electric winger Douglas Costa, though, with Allegri revealing:

‘Douglas is fine, but I don’t think he’ll play from the beginning because [Federico] Bernardeschi is fine and it’s only right that Bernardeschi plays in an important match like tomorrow.’

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