FC Basel vs CSKA Moscow
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Jakob-Park (Basel).
Basel look for a win against CSKA to edge close to book their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
With back-to-back wins against Benfica and CSKA, Basel moved up to second in the group 3 points behind Manchester United. A home win against the Russians on Tuesday will send them to the knockout round of the competition if Manchester United avoid a defeat against Benfica.
Benfica started the group stage campaign with a humbling 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Since then, they have been on the roll beating Benfica 5-0 and CSKA 2-0.
For CSKA, they must win here to stay in the qualification race. Having started the group phase with a 2-1 away win at Benfica, the Russians lost back-to-back games.
Basel vs CSKA Moscow: Head-to-head
The matchday 3 fixture at Moscow won by Benfica 2-0 is the first head-to-head meeting between the sides.
Basel lost just one of their previous home matches against Russian clubs, while tasting victories in the other four.
CSKA were unbeaten in their previous four meetings with Swiss clubs. They did pick wins in the previous visits to Switzerland – 3-0 vs Lausanne-Sport 2010/11 season and 1-0 versus Young Boys in the play-offs of the current competition.
Basel vs CSKA Moscow: Predictions
Basel are a team to beat at the moment as they come on the back of a 8 match unbeaten run in all competitions with 6 wins and 2 draws. Meantime, CSKA are in a terrible run and have won just 1 of their 8 matches in all competitions.
Therefore, the Russians are expected to have low morale and confidence. The Belgians must cash in on the opportunity and mark the occasion with a win.
Basel vs CSKA Moscow: Bet Tips
FT – Basel to win @ 1.84
Value is in backing Basel to win first half for 2.43 odd.
To score anytime: Dimitri Oberlin @ 2.88.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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