Betting tips for Manchester United vs Basel - 12.09.2017
Old Trafford hosts the first day of Group A of the Champions League 2017-18 between the Red Devils and Basel Basel. Manchester United are in the Premier League, scoring 3 wins and a draw in the first 4 games. José Mourinho's men made their debut by beating West Ham (4-0) and Swansea at home (0-4), before beating Leicester at Old Trafford (2-0). Last Saturday, they yielded a draw in their visit to Bet365 Stadium (2-2 against Stoke City of Jesé Rodriguez).
The team starts the second season with José Mourinho on the bench showing a huge economic potential. The Red Devils have a budget of 523.75 million euros and have already invested 170 million with the signings of Romelu Lukaku (85 million paid to Everton), Swedish central Victor Lindelöf, from SL Benfica in exchange for 35 million, and the Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will play again with the team once he is recovered from his injury.
Two are the main losses of the team with respect to the team that won the Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the Europa League last season. The captain, Wayne Rooney, has gone to Everton, the team where he began as a professional; while Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj has been sold to Real Sociedad in exchange for 8.5 million euros.
Apart from Ibra, Marcos Rojo is injured because of injury, while Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are sanctioned.
UEFA Champions League Basel have once again won the Swiss Superliga, stepping into this group stage directly after becoming a regular in European competitions in the last decade.
Raphael Wicky is ahead of the RotBlau, who are in third place in the competition after the first 7 games, in which they have won 3, 2 draws and two defeats. Curiously, the team added those first three victories in the first four days, after beginning to fall on their visit to Young Boys (2-0). In a row, Basel beat Luzern (3-1), Thun (0-3) and Grasshoppers (3-2), before drawing 1-1 against Lugano and Sion. This past weekend, the team fell against all odds against Lausanne by 1-2.
Wicky will be able to count on his full squad, including this summer's star signing, former Vitesse Dutch striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, in charge of scoring veteran Marc Janko's other goals for Sparta Prague.
Manchester United vs Basel Prediction: X/1 4.80
Manchester United vs Basel betting tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.80
Manchester United vs Basel final score recommendations: 2-1 10.00