FC Basel Welcomes PSV Eindhoven to St. Jakob-Park for Champions League Qualifier

FC Basel was in control of for much of the first leg of their second round Champions League qualifying matchup against PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch Eredivisie side opened the scoring in the 14th minute but Basel scored the next two–the equalizer came late in the first half followed by a go ahead goal in the 79th minute. Basel thought they were looking at a 2-1 upset road win at Phillips Stadion but a pair of Eindhoven goals turned the tables with one coming in the 89th minute and the winner in stoppage time. Ultimately, PSV Eindhoven emerged from the first leg with a 3-2 advantage on the aggregate.

Basel is confident that they can turn things around in the second leg at St. Jakob-Park. They’ve got a pair of ‘away goals’ working for them and that gives them a bit of margin for error. No matter how you slice it, however, Basel will need to beat PSV Eindhoven if they’re to advance to the next qualification round. Both teams would be in a good matchup for the next round facing Austrian Football Bundesliga side LASK.

Basel has been a very strong home side and ended last season with a 10 game unbeaten run at St. Jakob-Park but that ended just last week with a Super League loss to St. Gallen on their home pitch. PSV Eindhoven has won only 1 of their last five away games in all competitions (a 3-0 win over Willem II in Eredivisie play) going 1-1-3. In their three losses–to Ajax in both Eredivisie and Super League competition and to AZ in league competition–they were outscored by a combined margin of 6-1. They did earn a road tie with Vitesse earlier in the month. Although PSV hasn’t been a great road side worth noting that Basel has lost 5 of their last 7 home fixtures in Champions League competition. Then again, Eindhoven has but one win in their last 12 Champions League away games.

The Champions League odds are showing a decent price with the home team that is even more attractive given PSV Eindhoven’s struggles away from home. We’ll back Basel to get the win in a game with a fair amount of offensive fireworks.


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