Champions League Preview: Basel vs. Liverpool

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Updated: September 29, 2014
Liverpool- Steven Gerrard

Match Date: 01 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: St Jakob Park

 

Basel is desperate to avenge itself from the humiliation it suffered against Real Madrid. The former is eager to eclipse its ignominious loss via clinching a massive win against the struggling Liverpool.

 

The contenders

Basel

Basel will try to reclaim its lost honor and pride at home after a 5-01 thrashing from Real Madrid. The said loss prevented literally outs them out of the competition, unless they secure successive victories in their upcoming matches.

 

The club will most probably exploit its home court advantage to gain the edge against an equally aggressive squad, Liverpool.

 

Liverpool

Liverpool snatched a narrow win against Ludogrets in its first Champions League encounter. This should bring them enough confidence to go against Basel, not unless their lackluster performance in the Premier League forces them to do so.

 

Suddenly, Liverpool is not the title contender that impressed the Premier League last season. The World Cup and the dramatic exit of Luis Suarez affected its performance. Undeniably, such situation intensifies the pressure that has been plaguing the club.

 

Possible head turners

Mario Balotelli’s Champions League experience in AC Milan is expected to aid the online betting favorite, Liverpool in snatching a win against the host. As for Basel’s side, expect a young Luca Zuffi to bring home the bacon for Basel.

 

Relatively, there is a high possibility for the upcoming match to end in an even steven finish.

 

Prediction

Basel  1-2 Liverpool

 

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