Basel vs Porto 02/18/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds & Prediction
Porto vs Basel
Wednesday 18th February 2015 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Basel 23/10 Draw 23/10 Porto 7/5 See the Latest Odds
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Porto travel to Switzerland to take on a Basel team that knocked Liverpool out of the group stages. Porto bring Jackson Martinez to the game with the Colombian having notched sixteen goals in twenty one league games. Brahimi and Quaresma will provide the width and quality from midfield. This is a tough game for Porto , they will go to Switzerland looking for a win but I think they will be happy coming away with a draw and an away goal. Porto are unbeaten in the Champions League this season and topped their Group with four wins and two draw, both draws were against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Basel were somewhat lucky to qualify, the defining result was a 1-0 win over Liverpool in Switzerland. While Basel also went to Liverpool and got a 1-1 draw that guarateed qualification. The Swiss champs were also somewhat unlucky to lose 1-0 to Real Madrid in Switzerland. The home games for Basel have been key in all their Champions League campaigns. With wins over Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich over the last four campaigns there will be no fear for Basel taking on Porto here. Strellar and Gashi will provide the attacking threats for the Swiss , can they score enough to win? That will be the question.
I'm taking the draw here. I think Porto have enough defensively to frustrate the home side and I think Basel will equally be up to the task defensively. The draw looks the value bet here.