Preview - Manchester City vs FC Basel 1893 March 08 2018

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Champions League Round Of 16 Second Leg
Manchester City vs. FC Basel 1893
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W L W W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.6
CL Average goals against per match: 0.7
CL Top Scorer: Raheem Sterling & Sergio Agüero (4)

FC Basel 1893:
Last five matches form: L W L L L
CL Average goals per match: 1.6
CL Average goals against per match: 1.3
CL Top Scorer: Dimitri Oberlin (4)

First Leg Result: FC Basel 1893 0 - 4 Manchester City

Another non-event of a second leg barring something truly extraordinary. In truth this tie was all but over after just 23 minutes of the first leg as a scintillating Manchester City raced into a three-goal lead against a shell shocked Basel side.

With one trophy already in the bag and the Premier League all but sewn up, Pep Guardiola may give a few of his regular starters a well-earned break here. Such is the strength in depth at City though that whatever team he puts out will likely have way too much for a Basel side who seem to be struggling for both form and confidence at present.

With their League form having taken a dip lately, they could probably do without this game, but by the same token they arrive here under no pressure with the tie already over.

Man City meanwhile arrive on a high having won the League Cup final and beaten both Chelsea and Arsenal with ease in the League.

Overall, we would be surprised were this anything other than a standard Man City home display. Expect the home team to utterly dominate possession and improve the aggregate score-line by at least a couple of goals.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 0 FC Basel 1893


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Aggregate: 5 - 2
Shots:  7 - 6
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 0
Possession: 78% - 22%

Pavel Kravolec booked one player from each side. Leo Lacroix seeing yellow for Basel and Gabriel Jesus following suit for Manchester City.

It isn't all that easy to register 78% of possession and still lose the game, but Pep Guardiola's men managed just that at the Etihad this evening.

With this tie already well and truly over, City did make a few changes here, particularly in midfield with bit Philm Foden and Yaya Touré being given rare starts.

It started pretty much as expected for the Citizens; Bernardo Silva laying it on a plate for the returning Gabriel Jesus who did the rest. 1- 0 after just 8 minutes, it was looking like being a long evening for the Swiss side.

City did briefly threaten to run riot again, with chances falling to Silva, Leroy Sané and Danilo, all in a matter of minutes after the first goal.

Basel didn't break though and in the 17th minute they were level. Mohamed Elyanoussi, making the most of a rare spell of Basel pressure to find the bottom corner.

City predictably bossed the remainder of the first half without threatening greatly. Basel relied on the odd counter or set piece for their attacking efforts.

In truth, for all the possession they had, City generally struggled to do anything with it. Seven total shots is a relatively paltry total by their lofty standards, and in the 71st minute they were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge on the night.

Goal-scorer Elyanoussi turned provider this time around. Playing the ball into Michael Lang who finished well into the top corner.

And that turned out to be the winner. Not enough to impact the overall result as City progress 5-2 on aggregate but a famous win for the visitors nonetheless.

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