Manchester United vs FC Basel betting tips and predictions for their opening Champions League group stage fixture on Tuesday 12th September at 7:45pm. Read our betting preview for the match below.
Manchester United return to the Champions League under Jose Mourinho and their first task is against Swiss side Basel, a side who beat the Reds when they last met. United are unbeaten this campaign and are heavy favourites to collect all three points against Raphael Wicky’s side who currently sit 3rd in the Swiss Super League. Our Man United vs FC Basel tips start with our best bet.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 9 Champions League matches at Old Trafford while keeping five clean sheets in the process. It is hard to see past Mourinho’s side on Tuesday, especially with United’s defence being so resolute at home after keeping two clean sheets in as many games at the start of the new Premier League campaign. Expect there to be a few changes for The Red men, but we think they’ll ease past the Swiss side and win comfortably. The first of our Manchester United vs FC Basel predictions for this encounter is going to be Manchester United -2 handicap, and it is best valued at 13/8 with Betfair.
Anthony Martial has netted two in his last four for Mourinho’s side despite struggling to get in the starting 11. With this fixture being in the Champions League and at Old Trafford, Martial should feature from the start. The Frenchman is always among the chances when he plays and is certainly worth a shout to get on the scoresheet against Basel. The next Manchester United vs Basel betting tip for this Champions League opener is Martial to score anytime and Manchester United to win and it is best valued at 11/10 with Boylesports.
Basel faced PSG and Arsenal away from home in their last Champions League campaign and they were behind at half time in both fixtures. On Tuesday evening we think it’ll be the same outcome as United, who have 12 goals in their opening four games this campaign, seem to be more ruthless in front of goal compared to last season. Nine of them 12 goals this campaign have come in the second half, so if Mourinho’s side manage to have the lead at half-time, we expect them to go on and extend their lead in the second half. We conclude our Manchester United vs FC Basel predictions with Manchester United to win both halves and that bet is best odds 13/10 with Stan James.
Jose Mourinho is unsure whether Marouane Fellaini will feature after missing the Stoke game with a calf injury. The manager did though confirm that David De Gea will start as goalkeeper. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof will start as Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are suspended in Europe.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who was once linked with United, is expected to lead the line for Basel.
United and Basel have both won once against each other, with the two sides also sharing two draws.
Basel won 2-1 when the sides last faced off. The last time the two sides faced off at Old Trafford, in 2011, United scored a late equaliser to draw 3-3.
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