Basel v Manchester United Predictions & Betting Odds – 22nd November 2017

Basel to pick up point against Red Devils

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Even though Manchester United have been coasting through this Champions League group stage challenge, they still have a little bit more work to do. A draw in this away game in Switzerland gets them top spot in their group. But they will be taking on a Basel side who have some incentive to produce a big night for themselves on home soil. A win would actually secure them a place in the next round of the competition.

Basel v Manchester United Betting Tips

Basel need a win in this one to keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the next round. Actually, if they were to beat United and CSKA lose against Benfica on the same night, then the Swiss side would be through. However, they don’t look too likely to challenge United after losing 3-0 at Old Trafford against them back on match day one. There is a bit of history between these two though because Basel eliminated Manchester United from the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League in Switzerland. The two sides first met in the 2002/03 Champions League group stage, with United winning in Switzerland before a 1- 1 draw at Old Trafford. But when they met in the 2011/12 Group stage, following a thrilling 3-3 draw at Old Trafford in which United had equalized in the 90th minute, a 2-1 home win by Basel dumped United out of the group stage. Over 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 21/20.

Basel are level on points in Group A currently with CSKA Moscow. But because they have the better of the head to head against the Russians they have a slight advantage. Basel took a 5-0 home win over Benfica on match day two to record their record Champions League victory and that also snapped a nine match European winless streak that they were on home and away in the competition. But on match day four they lost 2-1 at home against CSKA and that is three defeats in their last four games at St Jakob Park in European competition now. The Swiss outfit only collected one point in their group stage campaign last season, but that having been said they have only lost six of their 24 European home games. Basel are currently on a three match losing streak against English sides and overall their record against English rivals is W6 D8 L13 (W5 D3 L5 at home).

In the William Hill correct score market the 1-1 draw is in at the shortest price of 11/2, while a Manchester United 2-1 return is a quote of 15/2. United only need to go to Switzerland and pick up a draw to win the group. Actually though if CSKA don’t beat bottom side Benfica in the day’s earlier kick off, then United will have won the group before they even kick off in this game. United’s five previous games against Swiss opposition have all been against Basel. The Red Devils have taken four wins from four in the group so far and away from home have beaten CSKA 4-1 and taking a 1-0 professional win at Benfica on match day three. Their loss against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup back in August ended their 11 matches unbeaten run of European form (W8 D3) but that defeat is their only loss in their last 15 European fixtures home and away, boasting a very strong W12 D3 record in that sequence.

The Red Devils currently have some good away form in Europe as well now and they are a price of 11/5 at William Hill to win to nil. Importantly the Red Devils saw the return of Paul Pogba on the weekend, as he was on the scoresheet and set up the opening goal in a 4-1 rout of Newcastle. He makes a difference to their dynamics and Pogba is 3/1 anytime goalscorer for this one, while Romelu Lukaku is the 21/20 favourite in the William Hill market. Lukaku snapped a seven match goal drought in all competitions with a goal against the Magpies. Manchester United are undefeated in their last seven away games in Europe now, winning five of those and defensively they have been really hard to break this season and have collected 12 clean sheets in their last 18 matches across all competitions. You’d expect nothing less from a Jose Mourinho side. They just need to roll into town, take things easy and play for that point and this may be a replica of their professional performance away at Benfica.

Basel v Manchester United Betting Odds

Man Utd 19/20, Draw 5/2, Basel 14/5

Basel v Manchester United Predictions

It could be worth covering the draw in this one and that is because Basel have to push to at least avoid defeat in the match while Manchester United don’t need to go out and get all adventurous, they just need a draw. So settle on the draw in the match outright.

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