Ludogorets vs Basel by Gustav
Ludogorets started the Champions League campaign well with a point taken away to Basel, but then suffered three straight defeats, two to Arsenal and one against PSG, record that puts them together with Basel on the third position with one point each and already both without chances to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League.
In the most recent game in Champions League, Ludogorets actually gave quite a fight to English side Arsenal at home, but still got defeated 2:3. They even took the double lead thanks to goals from Cafu and Keseru inside first fifteen minutes, but got quickly equalized with goals from Xhaka and Giroud. Arsenal was pressing in the second halftime and being more concrete, somehow deserved the victory in 88th minute with a goal from Ozil. As for the domestic league, Ludogorets comes from a narrow 1:0 victory over Beroe during the weekend, which puts them first at the table with three points more than Levski. Defender Vitinha (4/0) is injured for some time already and remains doubtful for this one, most likely not being risked.
Basel, same like Ludogorets, has only one point out of four rounds and this game comes as a decisive one for them too - in case they survive it, the team will have the chances to get the third position and continue playing in the Europa Legue at Spring 2017. In the most recent Champions League game, the team suffered 1:2 defeat at home against PSG.
Parisians were better during the game and took the lead in 43rd minute with a goal from Matuidi, while Zuffi managed to level up the result a bit against the flow of the game in 76th minute. Few minutes later, Die got red carded and the French side deservedly reached the three pointer with a gal from Meunier in 90th minute. As for the domestic league, team comes from their third consecutive victory last weekend, winning at home over Vaduz 6:0. The team is now already huge favorite to win the title again and only a miracle can stop them, being already fifteen points ahead of Young Boys and Sion, second and third placed sides. Midfielder Kevin Bua (2/0) is injured, but with little influence so far in the season anyway. Quite unimportant left midfielder Jean-Paul Boetius (2/0) is also injured, as well as striker Andraz Sporar (5/0).
I expect very open game here from both teams, simply since they have nothing to lose and can only gain by entering the Europa League knockout stage. Both teams have decent attacks, while their defensive lineups can't be trusted that much, so the first choice remains with both teams scoring and over goals here.