Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
David faces Goliath at St. Jakob-Park as Basel and Crusaders go head to head in the first leg of the Conference League second qualifying round. Basel played out a 1-1 draw with Winterthur in their Swiss Super League opener, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into victory. The Rotblau are seen as hot favourites to beat Crusaders in the opening match of their Conference League campaign, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Loanee Zeki Amdouni is widely expected to lead the line for the Swiss outfit.
The Northern Ireland side, on the other hand, did well to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie with Magpies, but they will have a mountain to climb in Thursday’s clash. Since Basel have turned their St. Jakob-Park into a real fortress, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Defender Noah Katterbach is rated doubtful for the hosts after limping off with injury in the draw with Winterthur.