Manchester United v Basel Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

September 11, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Old Trafford – Champions League

After focusing on securing a Champions League place via Europa League success, Manchester United return to Europe’s top competition. Jose Mourinho’s side are in good form, but Basel have won the Swiss League for the last eight seasons.

Past Meetings

Not only have the clubs met four times before in Champions League group games but United are yet to see the Swiss roll over at Old Trafford. Six years ago this month the clubs shared six goals while in 2003 there was a 1-1 draw. Each club have won one and lost one of the games in Switzerland.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Phil Jones and Eric Bailly who are suspended with Mourinho making known his intention of fielding Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling as their replacements. Lindelof hasn’t appeared since the Super Cup clash with Real Madrid but should find Basel easier to deal with. Marcus Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young remain on the injured list.

While United have started the season well Basel have 10 fewer domestic points than they had this time last season. New signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has scored seven goals in his last six league games.

Manchester United v Basel Preview and Predictions

Mourinho’s men set out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club’s first European Cup triumph and are overwhelming favourites to win the match with Basel 18/1 outsiders and odds on the draw 33/5 while United are backed at 1/5.

Basel have drawn their two previous trips to Old Trafford but Mourinho came up against Basel with Chelsea in 2013-14, overseeing home and away wins Manchester United have won 14 and drawn four home European games since losing to Real Madrid in 2012-13.

For all their domestic dominance Basel are operating on another level once they step onto the European stage, finishing bottom of their group last season with just two points. They lost home and away to Arsenal although prior to that they had managed a four game unbeaten run against Premier League opposition. However in Champions League games they had previously avoided defeat in five games in England.

All this, together with United’s bright start and Basel’s sluggish start means that unless there is to be a major surprise the return of the Champions League to Old Trafford will see the Europa League holders show the continent they are now back and a force to be reckoned with at the top level.

Recommended bets

United to win 2-0 at 51/10

2-0 will satisfy Mourinho who, when he has a comfortable lead, will be concerned with managing the game and locking up the points.

Man United to win after being level at half time at 17/5

Some of the best odds offered on this fixture and Basel are capable of frustrating early on but United’s patience should pay off.

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