Sport news – Manchester United will start their journey in the Champions League this 2017-18 season by hosting FC Basel at Old Trafford on Wednesday (13/09).
This match will be an easy test for Jose Mourinho’s squad. For although on paper they are far superior to Basel, Raphael Wicky’s team has a champion mentality, more compact and potentially big making the Red Devils trouble at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils finally returned to the Champions League after a year-long absence. They got admission to the competition after winning the Europa League last season. Mourinho himself has been trying to strengthen his team by bringing in players like Lukaku, and Matic in the summer yesterday.
The results look promising so far. Lukaku makes United look sharp, while Matic offers balance in midfield and make Pogba so free to come forward. The Red Devils themselves have so far won three wins from one draw in the EPL, and scored a total of 12 goals and only conceded twice.
The result is clearly a clear alarm for Basel. They have to come to a very strong and hungry team headquarters.
For this match, will not be able to play Phil Jones and Eric Bailly who sanctioned ban restrictions. While Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are in doubt, so is Marouane Fellaini.
But Mourinho could have played Lindelof along with Smalling. He can also play Mata that weekend yesterday so a substitute. While Lukaku and Matic predicted will also remain a mainstay of The Special one.
Meanwhile, switch to the FC Basel guest. They have become Champions League subscriptions. Even in the last eight seasons they can always qualify for being champions in the Swiss Super League.
Mental champions clearly formed in Marek Suchy and friends. They certainly also have cohesiveness in their game. United’s level may be above them, but at least Basel has the ability to block the giant EPL move.
But now they seem to be in a less good condition. Because of the last three games, they draw twice and lose once. The defeat they suffered from FC Lausanne and apesnya, occurred at their own headquarters.
Basel itself would want to be able to repeat their slick accomplishments, where in two previous away games to Old Trafford, they always achieve a draw. The result was supported by the complete skuat Basel to melakoni this match.
No player is injured, and no player is sanctioned. All players can be downgraded by Wicky, including the captain Suhcy and his new striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
In the last match of both teams, namely at St. Jakob-Park, Basel won 2-1. While in the last game both at Old Trafford, they drew 3-3. Then what will be the result of this match?
Estimated Composition of Players:
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Eyes, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.
FC Basel (3-5-2): Vaclik; Balanta, Suchy, Akanji; Lang, Elyounoussi, Xhaka, Zuffi, Riveros; Bua, Wolfwinkel.
Second Team Statistics
Head to Head:
08/12/11 Basel 2-1 Manchester United (Champions League)
28/09/11 Manchester United 3-3 Basel (Champions League)
12/03/03 Manchester United 1-1 Basel (Champions League)
26/11/02 Basel 1-3 Manchester United (Champions League)
Manchester United’s Last Five Matches:
09/09 Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United (Premier League)
26/08 Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City (Premier League)
19/08 Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United (Premier League)
13/08 Manchester United 4-0 West Ham (Premier League)
09/08 Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United (European Super Cup)
FC Basel’s Last Final:
10/09 Basel 1-2 FC Laussanne Sport (Super League Switzerland)
27/08 FC Sion 1-1 Basel (Super League Switzerland)
20/08 Basel 1-1 FC Lugano (Super League of Switzerland)
13/08 Wettswil-Bonstetten 0-2 Basel (Schweizer Pokal)
11/08 Basel 3-2 Grasshopper Club (Super League of Switzerland)
Manchester United should be able to reap the full points, if they see the power they have today. They are a balanced team, solid in defense and sharp in front.
But Basel has a good champion mentality. They also have a more compact team, given United’s new team formed last season. They also have a pretty good travel record at Old Trafford.
However, Basel itself also has a bad record in the Champions League. They have not won in their last eight matches in the competition. Even in last match last season, they faced Arsenal 1-4 in Switzerland.
Therefore, Jordan predicts this match will be won by Manchester United. Score 3-1.