Odds: Basel 4/5, Draw 5/2, CSKA Moscow 333/100
Kick Off: 1945, 31/10/2017
Stadium: St Jakob-Park
TV: BT Sport
Basel enjoyed a pretty comfortable 2-0 win over CSKA Moscow in Russia earlier this month and are rated a solid pick to repeat the trick in the return clash in Switzerland.
That was a second Champions League win for Raphael Wicky’s side in Group A and they will progress if prevailing again here and Manchester United avoid defeat at home to Benfica.
That incentive to get the job done makes 4/5 for the hosts an easy call in our Basel vs CSKA Moscow betting predictions.
A Look At Basel’s Betting Odds
We’ve been guilty of judging Basel too harshly on an opening 3-0 loss at Old Trafford, when they admittedly offered little going forward.
Although qualifying via an eighth successive Swiss title, Basel were without a victory in nine straight European matches at that point.
However, they ended that barren run in emphatic fashion when thrashing Benfica 5-0 at this venue and built on that success with a professional performance in Moscow.
Cameroon-born 20-year-old Dimitri Oberlin hit three goals in those games and really should have had more, with his pace and power sure to pose more problems here.
We’re happy to add 29/4 for another 2-0 triumph to our Basel vs CSKA Moscow betting tips.
A Look At CSKA Moscow’s Betting Odds
CSKA Moscow can boast home and away wins over current Swiss league leaders Young Boys from the qualifying rounds and began the group stage with an encouraging 2-1 triumph at Benfica.
However, when returning to Russia, they were then brushed aside 4-1 by United in a totally one-sided affair and failed to get a shot on target versus Basel.
“If we play like that in another game, we’d better forget about Europe,” admitted defender Aleksei Berezutski.
“We couldn’t hold onto the ball and didn’t create any goal-scoring opportunities.”
The visitors have also been struggling to score in their domestic competitions, so 19/10 for a home win to nil stands out from the Basel vs CSKA Moscow odds.
Last Champions League result:
CSKA MOSCOW 0-2 BASEL – Taulant Xhaka, Dimitri Oberlin
Previous head-to-head: N/A
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