Basel vs Grasshoppers by Sergiu

Basel
VS
Grasshoppers
Basel has a new coach for this season in former Switzerland international Raphael Wicky who last season coached the youth team of Basel. This is his big chance as a coach to show what he is worth, so far he has two wins in the league as Basel defeated Luzern with 3-1 at home and also Thun last round with 3-0 away from home, this while in their opening game of the season they were defeated with 2-0 away from home at Young Boys, but Young Boys is a strong team which even defeated Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League this season, so that loss is not a big surprise.

 

However it will be a rather big surprise if they lose points here tonight against Grasshoppers as their opponents have a poor start to their season being defeated with 4-0 at home by Young Boys, 2-0 loss at home as well against newly promoted club Zurich and last round they managed a 2-2 draw at home against Luzern. So it is expected that they conceded here in this game away from home at Basel at least 3 goals as well as their defense is leaking goals at this moment, and with the Champions League group stage not starting for another month Basel is fully focused on its league duties.

 

Basel also made an important summer signing in striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel from Vitesse, with the Dutch international scoring 20 goals last season for his former club in Holland and already scoring 2 goals in 3 games played by him in this start of the season as well. I do not like the odds of 1.18 on the home win and even the -1.5AH despite being a good bet is not appealing in terms of odds. Grasshoppers is not great in defense but up-front they are not that bad and against an all out on attack side of Basel perhaps they can score here as well, last season they lost twice against Basel with the same score 3-1, so perhaps they can score here or Basel can score 4 goals, so my bet here in this game is going to be on over 3.5 goals scored here on odds priced decently at 1.97.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Over 3.5 goals Unibet 1.97 8 3-2 WON (+7.76 units)
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