Basel v Manchester United Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have accumulated 12 points from a possible 12 in UEFA Champions League Group A so far. This Wednesday, the Red Devils make the trip to the St. Jakob-Park to take on Basel. A point for United will see them go through to the knockout stages as Group A winners.

Man United have been irresistible in Europe this season, scoring 10 and conceding just one along the way. Jose’s boys may be on the road, but they are the strong favourites to return from Switzerland with another three points added to their tally. However, Raphael Wicky’s side, who lie second on six points, still have it all to play for in Group A.

Top Tips

Manchester United to Win to Nil @ 21/10

Manchester United to Win 3-0 @ 16/1

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Basel Form

Basel are currently second in the Swiss Super League behind Young Boys, who they drew 1-1 with last time out before the international break. Wicky’s side head into Wednesday’s showdown with Man United in pretty decent shape, losing just one of their last nine in all competitions. However, after winning three in a row, Basel have drawn two and lost one of their last three.

In Europe, the Swiss champions have won two and lost two of their opening four matches. As a result, they sit above third-placed CSKA Moscow in second on goal difference. Along the way, Basel sealed an empathic 5-0 victory over Benfica at St. Jakob-Park in September. Last time out in Group A, though, they were beaten 2-1 at home by Moscow.

MatchDateScoreResult
Basel v Young Boys 5th November 2017 1-1 Draw
Basel v CSKA Moscow 31st October 2017 1-2 Loss
Zurich v Basel 28th October 2017 0-0 Draw

Manchester United Form

Manchester United have been extremely strong in the Champions League so far. Barring a catastrophic turn of events, United are already safely through to the knockout stages – one more point will guarantee their place in the last 16. The Red Devils have beaten Basel, CSKA and Benfica (twice) to take maximum points.

Things are ticking along nicely for Mourinho’s men in the Premier League, also. United sit second behind rivals Manchester City, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur. So far, the 20-time English champions have won seven, drawn two and lost two of their 11 domestic fixtures.

MatchDateScoreResult
Chelsea v Manchester United 5th November 2017 1-0 Loss
Manchester United v Benfica 31st October 2017 2-0 Win
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur 28th October 2017 1-0 Man United Win

Head to Head Stats

Putting September’s result to one side, these two have played out some tight matches over the years. Back in the 2011-12 Champions League campaign, Basel beat United 2-1 in Switzerland. The reverse game, meanwhile, ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.

15 years ago, the pair drew 1-1 in Manchester, and the Red Devils won 3-1 in Basel in the CL group stages back in 2002-03. However, the game two months ago was a one-sided affair as goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealed an easy 3-0 win for Jose’s boys.

MatchDateScoreResult
Manchester United v Basel 12th September 2017 3-0 Man United Win
Basel v Manchester United 7th December 2011 2-1 Basel Win
Manchester United v Basel 27th September 2011 3-3 Draw

Injuries & Suspensions

Basel have a few key players missing with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Germano Vailati and Omar Gaber all expected to be out of action. Meanwhile, Taulant Xhaka is suspended having picked up three yellow cards. As for Man United, the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba could make the trip to Switzerland after returning from injuries. Defender Phil Jones is a doubt after picking up a knock whilst on international duty with England.

Basel

  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Forward out with a metatarsal injury
  • Germano Vailati - Goalkeeper out injured
  • Omar Gaber - Right-back a doubt through illness
  • Taulant Xhaka - Midfielder suspended

Manchester United

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Could be back after a long-term cruciate ligament injury
  • Marcos Rojo - Defender in contention after a long cruciate ligament injury lay-off
  • Paul Pogba - Could be back after a thigh problem
  • Phil Jones - Defender a doubt after picking up a knock
  • Michael Carrick - Still recovering from a calf injury

Betting Tips

After smashing Basel 3-0 just a couple of months ago, Man United will back themselves to see them off again on Wednesday. With the task almost complete, United will want qualification and top spot secured with a game to spare. Basel are a hard nut to crack on their own patch, but Man United’s qualities should shine through in the end.

Manchester United to Win to Nil

United have kept three clean sheets in the Champions League this term, including against Basel at Old Trafford in September. Overall, Mourinho’s men have stopped the opposition from scoring 12 times in all competitions. Back them to win this one to nil at 21/10.

Manchester United to Win 3-0

If you fancy United to seal a repeat 3-0 win over the Swiss outfit on Wednesday, take a look at the big price of 16/1.

Manchester United to Win the First Half

Man United were 1-0 up at half time against Basel in the reverse match, adding two goals in the second period. Have a punt on the visitors to win the first half (13/8) in Basel.

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