On Thursday, starting with 19:45, the Osijek – FC Basel match will be played, within the Europa League preliminaries.
So far, 4 stages have been played in the Croatian championship. In the first 4 rounds, Osijek managed to get only one victory and a draw. However, we must emphasize that the 2 defeats suffered by the “white-blues” came against some extremely difficult opponents, Hajduk Split (1-2) and Dinamo Zagreb (1-4). In the perspective of the Europa League duel, there is no doubt that the Croatian team will have an infinitely more difficult mission with FC Basel. According to the specialized sites, the value difference between Osijek and FC Basel is a significant one in favor of the Swiss. In the entire host group, there are no players with an individual value above that of the Basel team. In this sense, the press from the “Land of the Cantons” emphasizes that only a “surprise of proportions” could make Basel not qualify for the next phase of the competition.
On the other hand, one of the main disadvantages that FC Basel could have in terms of qualifying for the next phase of the competition is the lack of “standing” games. The Swiss championship has not started yet, FC Basel not playing any official match since August 30, when the “red-blues” were defeated by Young Boys Bern in the cup final (score 1-2). Despite this fact, as we mentioned before, we choose to invest in the definite difference in value between the two fighters and, in this case, in a solid game of the guests.
-Osijek, 4 points won in the first 4 rounds of Croatia;
-FC Basel, no official match played since August.
-FC Basel, defeated by Saarbrucken in the last friendly match played with 1-5 (September 11).
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 1,56