Basel vs CSKA Moscow: The Swiss powerhouse look to solidify their position in the group table on Tuesday.
Basel, currently second in the domestic as well as Champions League table, face off Russian opponents CKSA Moskva. The Swiss side won their previous meeting against their opponent 2-0 through goals from Xhaka and Oberlin.
Taulant Xhaka, brother of Granit Xhaka, was instrumental in the game as he contributed to both the goals for his side. A win will put Basel in a driving seat to get the second spot in the group with nine points.
However, topping the group could be a question out from their reach. Manchester United have dominated the proceedings in the group. The Red Devils beat the Swiss club 3-0 at Old Trafford and have nine points from possible nine going to their game against Benfica.
A win at England is likely for the Old Trafford based club.
Basel’s key player of the night could be former Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The Dutchman carries an instrumental record across several leagues, despite being a liability in England.
The striker has scored one goal in two appearances so far for Basel and his manager was quick to point out his qualities in an interview at the start of the season.
He said: “I can only judge his record in England by seeing it was not as good as it was in Holland, Portugal and Switzerland. “I only want to judge him from the time he has been in Switzerland and he has been fantastic for us.
“He is looking fantastic on the field — he is a real striker in the box, he knows where the goal is — but he is also fantastic to have in the team as a personality.”
“Of course he can [score goals in the Champions League like he has in Switzerland]. I believe that he can score and I hope that he will score goals in the Champions League for us as well.”
Meanwhile, it will be instrumental for Basel to get all maximum points against their Russian opponents. Benfica currently stand third with three points. Bookies favor a United win heavily against the Portuguese powerhouses; which just shows how far the mighty giants have fallen.
A possible six points difference going into the last two games in the group stage will likely be enough for the Swiss powerhouses.