Can Basel Score The Shocking Home Upset on February 13th?

Published on January 21st, 2018 11:04 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

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UEFA Champions League match between Basel FC and Manchester City FC.  Who is the favourite to win? Is Manchester City the best football club in the world right now? Given their domination so far this season in both Champions League and the English Premier League, there is not much argument to be made against this statement. Man City is making a laughing stock of the EPL so far this year, while they are currently the odds-on favourite to win Champions League.

In an unfortunate turn for their fan base, Basel drew Manchester City in the Round of 16, which virtually guarantees that they will be bounced in this round. Sure, Basel's fans will get to watch one of the best football clubs in the world, though their team will likely get shellacked and sent home.

Here are the current odds to qualify for the quarter-finals, courtesy of Bet365:

Source: Bet365
Time Stamp: January 21st, 2018 10:56 am GMT
Odds Subject to Change

To Qualify

Man City, 1.08
Basel, 8.00

Basel's line is 8.00 to qualify, though realistically you would need to be getting somewhere in the range of 30.00 for the wager to have even a remote amount of value.

Here are the odds for the first match on February 13th:

Man City, 1.33
Draw, 4.75
Basel, 10.00

Here are the five likeliest outcomes of the match:

Man City 2-0, 7.00
Man City 1-0, 7.5
Man City 2-1, 8.00
Man City 3-0, 8.5
Draw 1-1, 9.00

Remember - Man City is on the road, so they would likely be content to play to a draw, as long as they score at least one away goal.

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As of this moment, Manchester City sits with 65 points in the English Premier League, a full 12 points ahead of Manchester United. The team is playing some sublime football, and there is little reason to think that they will face any resistance until they reach the deeper part of the Champions League tournament.

For Basel, they'll likely be happy having some stories to tell their friends and family about how they went up against one of the best football clubs in the world.

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