Basel v Liverpool tips – Basel can brush Reds aside
Oppose Liverpool when they head to Switzerland in the Champions League
September 30th, 2014
Basel might have been thrashed at the Bernabeu in their first Champions League group game, although the Swiss champions are made of sterner stuff at home.
We shouldn’t forget this is a team that beat Chelsea home and away last season, with a last minute Thun equalizer denying them back to back wins on Saturday.
Bet365 offer 27/10 about a home victory this evening and Basel will certainly fancy their chances against a team floundering without Luis Suarez this term, with the 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane looking more like the exception rather than the rule.
Daniel Sturridge continues to miss out and defensive issues mean that Liverpool can’t be backed for this match, with Steven Gerrard the subject of much discussion despite the midfielder scoring a free-kick in last Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
Ultimately, this isn’t a game that Liverpool need to win, having landed a last-gasp victory against Ludogorets in their first game, although Brendan Rodgers would dearly like six points on the board before a double header against Real Madrid.
Bet365 offer a best price 11/10 about an away win, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson returning to a ground which saw England triumph 2-0 in a recent World Cup qualifier.
Sterling is the man to support considering he is making this Liverpool team tick and odds of 7/1 are available that the midfielder opens the scoring.
Mario Balotelli has a poor shots to goals record although he did manage to break the deadlock against Ludogorets and the Italian is an 11/2 chance to score the first of this game.
Ultimately, Liverpool are too short considering most of these players are relatively inexperienced when it comes to Champions League football and Basel are way too big a price to take advantage here.
Basel @ 27/10 with bet365