Crusaders vs FC Basel
Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 28 July 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Crusaders play host to FC Basel in a match of their second-leg of Europa Conference League Qualification. Thursday’s game could witness the same intensity from the first-leg, as both sides battle it out at Seaview.
Last week, these two sides met at St. Jakob Park where a 2-0 victory was secured by the Swiss side. Dan Ndoye and Adam Szalai scored for RotBlau even being down to 10-men since half an hour into the game. The visitors were playing with more defensively in that fixture.
After losing 2-1 to Magpies in the first leg, Crusaders claimed a 3-1 victory in the return leg to turn the tie around and progress to round two of the Conference League qualifiers. But this opposition is a bit more stronger than that and that is why they now trail by 2 goals.
Crusaders have been conceding pretty frequently lately, but they have also found ways to convert their own chances into goals. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that the hosts have been punished defensively in all of them while also scoring in 5 of those matches.
On the other side, FC Basel finished 2nd in the Swiss Super League last term. That runner-up achievement gave them this ECL qualifier ticket. They haven’t played too many competitive fixtures lately and have been focusing on building fitness during a run of friendlies.
RotBlau started this season’s domestic league and are 2 games into it. Both of their league fixtures have ended on 1-1 draws against Winterthur and Servette. A sequence of effective performances by the FC Basel defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their previous 6 fixtures overall.
Crusaders vs FC Basel Head-to-head (h2h)
- They met only once in the reverse fixture where FC Basel won by 2 goals to nil.
- Dan Ndoye and Adam Szalai scored for RotBlau in that match.
Crusaders vs FC Basel Prediction
FC Basel now remain 4-game unbeaten across various competitions. But they have drawn their last 5 away fixtures in a row indicating that they were playing more defensively.
Meanwhile, Crusaders now need 3 goals to win and that is a huge task especially against a strong opposition. The visitors can even settle for a draw and can advance to the next stage.
We therefore feel that a win for FC Basel is up for cards.
Crusaders vs FC Basel Betting tips
No BTTS @ 1.90 odds.
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.15 odds.