Basel accepts Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first game of the playoffs of the Champions League. The match will be played at the stadium "St. Jakob-Park" on Wednesday (August 19th). The hosts are favorites, according to the bookmakers with odds for their victory - 1.50, while the success of Maccabi Tel Aviv reaches 7.00.
In 2014 Basel and Maccabi Tel Aviv have played against each other in 1/16 finals of the Europa League, when Basel removed Maccabi with 0:0 in Israel and 3:0 in Switzerland. In the Champions League, the two teams have met again in 2013 in the third qualifying round of the tournament and again Basel managed to overcome the Israelis with 1:0 in Switzerland and 3:4 in Israel.
Basel has no experience against other teams from Israel, while Maccabi Tel Aviv has played against Zurich in a qualifying round for participation in the Champions League in 1995, but then the Swiss took the victory.
Basel is in excellent shape. The team has won the title of the season 2014/2015 in Switzerland and currently again topped the standings after played five rounds. The team has won three of the last four meetings as a host in the Champions League, and their loss comes from the team of Cluj (Romania) in the 2012/2013 season. From 2013 Basel are unbeaten in the qualifiers for the European tournaments, recording five wins and one draw.
For the last ten games played between clubs from sport picks from the two sides, an Israeli team won only once, while the Swiss have five clear victories. The only victory of the Israeli team came back in 1997 in a meeting of the Intertoto Cup, when Maccabi Petah Tikva defeated FC Aarau with 1:0.
Maccabi Tel Aviv continues to dominate in the Israeli Premier League, where from the 2011/2012 season is a constant champion. Away from home, however, the Israeli champions have serious difficulties and it is not such a big surprise the factor that is placed on their victory.
Basel is a regular participant in the group stage in the last two editions of the tournament and now is expected to reach this stage of the prestigious race without problems.
Recommended bet: For Basel @ 1.50 at bet365