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The Blues begin their Champions League knockout journey with a tough trip to Switzerland.

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FC Basel vs Manchester City


Competition/Round: UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 1st leg

Man City injuries: Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy

FC Basel injuries: Germano Vailati, Luca Zuffi

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 7.45pm GMT (UK), 8.45pm WAT (Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 1.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

How to watch on TV: BT Sport 3 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (USA), TSN 1 (Canada), SuperSport 6 (Nigeria), Sony Six (India), others

How to stream: BT Sport Live (UK), Fox Sports GO (USA), TSN GO (Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


The Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaampiooooooooooooooooooooooons!!! The best club competition on Earth is back for the knockout rounds, and one of the title favorites kick off the action with a tough away game: Manchester City travel to Switzerland for the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie with FC Basel.

The Premier League leaders are massive favorites to go through, but it will not be easy at all. Basel had a fantastic group stage campaign and beat Manchester United at home, and they have players with great pace and passing ability that can cause any team a lot of problems on the counter.

Pep Guardiola and his men need a great gameplan to get the win, and if they can score multiple away goals then they’ll take a big step towards a place in the quarter-finals.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Bernardo, Agüero, Sterling

Basel (3-4-3): Vaclík; Lacroix, Suchý, Balanta; Lang, Frei, Xhaka, Petretta; Elyounoussi, Wolfswinkel, Oberlin


PREDICTION

Basel are really, really good at home, so it won’t be easy. But City are in good form and will take a great result back to Manchester: 3-1 to the Blues.