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Manchester City vs Basel: Easy does it for quarter-final bound Citizens

Manchester City vs Basel Match Preview and Predictions

City, 10/3 favourites to win the Champions League, already have one foot in the quarter-finals after a thumping win over Basel in the first leg.

At the weekend Pep Guardiola's men had the ideal preparation for the game with a 1-0 victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea, who showed very little ambition at the Etihad.

Bad weather means Basel have played just once since their defeat by City, a 2-0 home loss to St Gallen in mid-February which has left them 14 points behind Swiss leaders Young Boys.

Match-up history

City are just 2/13 to win the second leg following a 4-0 win in Switzerland courtesy of a double from Ilkay Gundogan, plus goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.

The Premier League leaders went three goals up inside the first 25 minutes and Gundogan added the gloss in the second half.

With the game already looking like a dead rubber, Basel aren't expected to put up much of a fight and so the first of our free football tips is for City to win both halves at 11/10 as they did three weeks ago.

Team news

City midfielder Fernandinho and attacker Raheem Sterling are both expected to be out with hamstring problems.

Eder Balanta and Germano Vailati face a race against time to be fit for the Swiss side.

Match facts

Bernardo Silva has been in devastating form for City lately and looks good value at 6/5 to score any time on Wednesday night.

The Portugal midfielder was on target in Switzerland and followed up his opener at Arsenal by scoring the winner against Chelsea on Sunday. Silva loves getting forward and shooting at any opportunity and we would not put anyone off backing him in the first goalscorer market at 4/1.

City are unlikely to play with the same intensity of the first leg and the last of our football predictions is for the first goal to be scored between 31-40 minutes at 13/2.

We have had success in this market with Tottenham's last two games and think City will take it easy as they did against Feyenoord after they followed up a 4-0 win in Holland with a lacklustre 1-0 win at the Etihad.

Manchester City vs Basel Betting tips

Manchester City to win both halves @ 11/10

Bernardo Silva to score any time @ 6/5

First goal to be scored between 31-40 minutes @ 13/2

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Warren Barner
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