FC Basel knew, despite being drawn with Manchester United in Group, they had a good chance of progressing to the Round of 16.
With Benfica and CSKA Moscow making up Group A, there was always going to be an opportunity to qualify for the knockout rounds and the wins over both clubs in the first round of fixtures gave the Swiss the confidence they could progress.
Manchester City were drawn in Group F with Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk and Feyenoord. On paper, this group looked as though it could come with a few problems for Manchester City but they breezed through it, losing just one match after they had already secured top spot.
1. Bookies Favourite
Considering the form of Manchester City this season and the way they have been playing under Pep Guardiola, it is little surprise to see the Premier League team come in as the favourites to win this match at 2/5 with one of the biggest sports betting site - bet365.
Manchester City have lost only one game this season and although that came in the Champions League, they rested key players knowing the job was already done the group.
However, being the underdog in this game will suit Basel, who have already put one Manchester club to the sword this season when they defeated Manchester United 1-0 at home in the group stages.
Basel know they need to win this match if they are to have any chance of winning the tie but the bookmakers give them little hope.
You can back Basel at 7/1 with Bet365 to win the match and the draw is also available at 7/2.
2. Other Bets
The one thing you can almost guarantee when Basel play at home in the Champions League is goals and the Swiss club have scored in 13 of their last 14 home Champions League games, including at least one goal in each of their last 9.
However, they have been finding defending difficult to achieve and have conceded 11 goals in their previous 7 home Champions League matches.
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Manchester City love to attack and with Basel a little rusty following their winter break in Switzerland, the visitors will be looking for crucial away goals.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 15/8 with Bet365.
Pep Guardiola’s team have been scoring goals for fun away from home in the Champions League this season, netting 9 across their 3 group games at an average of 3 goals per game.
You can get 11/8 with Bet365 for Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals.
Basel will be hoping to have every player available for this match and with time for the injuries to heal across the winter break, should be at full strength, but read our article about football betting predictions so you have a better overview of the topic.
Manchester City will also hope to have every player available including central defender John Stones but the match will come too soon for full-back Benjamin Mendy who is expected to be out until April.