Our prediction for this Champions League match:
St. Jakob-Park will host the match between Basel and Paris Saint-Germain. A win over les Parisiens would see the Swiss champions stay in the race for a place in the last 16, but beating the star-studded Ligue 1 outfit is easier said than done. Basel failed to score in previous two group games against Arsenal and PSG and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. PSG recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lille at the weekend and they did well to beat the likes of Ludogorets and Basel in previous two games in Group A. Urs Fischer’s men did miss several clear-cut opportunities to score in the 3-0 defeat to PSG, but they are unlikely to upset the Ligue 1 champions in Tuesday’s football match. The hosts are under big pressure ahead of the visit of les Parisiens and we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in the St. Jakob-Park showdown.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland. At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague. During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
Highlighted Team (Paris SG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title.
Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began.
Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.