Steaua Bucharest vs Basel by Rostick

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I picked Steaua to lose with handicap against both Chelsea and Schalke, with the romanians being hugely overestimated because of their last 16 run in Europa League last season and the domination in the domestic league.


This time, it`s the other way around. Steaua is clearly underrated after losing the first two group games with 7-0 aggregate. Despite losing key players Chiriches and Rusescu in the off-season, thus losing strength, Steaua is still a decent team. They are again dominating liga 1 after winning it by miles last season. Steaua was outplayed by Schalke and Chelsea, but today they will welcome back 2 of their most influential players, Pintilii and Chipciu, so you can expect them to be a little bit stronger. Motivation is at an all time high for the hosts, they are in need of points and they will also love to respont to criticism they received in the romanian press lately.


Basel is a little bit stronger than Steaua and their win on Stamford Bridge (2-1) was impressive, but they did lost at home to Schalke (1-0) in a game that showed they are not quite at a top level of football in Europe. Basel are a strong and organized team under Murat Yakin but that`s it, nothing special. They are 1st in Switzerland with 7 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss.


Both teams are in a good clean bill of health.


Steaua: Tatarusanu – Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevic – Bourceanu, Pintilii – Tanase, Stanciu, Popa – Piovaccari


Basel: Sommer – Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Safari – Diaz, Frei – Salah, Delgado, Stocker – Streller


I do not expect this Basel team to have an easy night against a rugged team in Eastern Europe. Steaua are strong at home and being free of injuries they could finally translate some of their domestic form into the Champions League. Expect a tight encounter with the romanians as the slight favorites. Steaua will also be more careful at the back after the first 2 UCL games, so Basel could not be able to make use of its trademark counters. Value is on Steaua here, that`s for sure.

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Steaua (+0,25) 12bet 1.80 6 1-1 HALF WON (+2.4 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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