Basel vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 08/19/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds & Predictions
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Basel
Wednesday 19th August 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Basel 1/2 Draw 7/2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 7/1 See the Latest Odds
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Another of the Champions League qualifiers which will be very tough to call will be the Basel vs Maccabi Tel Aviv tie, the Swiss side look to have an edge having played five games already domestically and given their consistant progress over the last number of years they will again look to make it to the group stages. This is a side that has lost a number of their top class prospects over the last number of years but they continue to find replacements and at the moment Delgado, Gashi and Janko have been the main threat going forward and between them have over ten goals already this season. Including preseason games Basel have now won ten in a row and hence their heavy favouritism here.
Maccabi Tel Aviv come into this game having had a poor pre season but they managed to overcome a 2-1 home loss to Victoria Plezen by winning the away leg 2-0. This is going to be a tough ask for Tel Aviv but with experienced players like Ben Haim and Mitrovic this team will not roll over in Switzerland. It's hard for me to have any confidence in Maccabi being able to turn Basel over though as I just dont see the goals in this squad. I could be proven wrong over the two legs but for me tonight is all about Maccabi trying to contain Basel.
I'm just going to go for a straight up Basel win, not the best of prices here but one that should be put in accumulators to bump up the price. Basel look to me to be far too strong here and at home I expect them to come through for the win.