Videoton vs Basel – Preview

 

VIDEOTON vs BASEL

KICK OFF: 19:00 (CET)

SOSTOI STADIUM, SZEKESFEHERVAR

 

Videoton will host their second ever Europa League tonight at home to Swiss champions, FC Basel.

After an extraordinary 3-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon last time out, Videoton will be wanting to build on that victory with a strong performance against an inconsistent Basel side.

After sacking their manager last week, the Basel players will be all wanting to lay their mark in just Murat Yakin’s second game in charge. The RotBlau are currently 4th in the Swiss League, and are unbeaten in their first two Europa League games with impressive draws away to Sporting and at home to Genk, but they’ll be without their talisman, Alexander Frei, for tonights game. However the two wingers, Mohammed Salah and Valentin Stocker, are the danger men, and players that Vidi will need to stop to get anything from the game.

Vidi boss, Paulo Sousa has been quick to quash any complacency in the Videoton camp by stating that Basel aren’t a one man-team and the threat of Marko Streller up front will be sure to give the Videoton defence a physical test even with Frei missing. He also went on to say the change of manager will make it harder to prepare for tonight’s game, but also harder for Basel too.

Videoton, who are unbeaten in 10 games at home in Europe, are likely to stick with the same team that beat Sporting three weeks ago in a 4-2-3-1 system. The superb form of Gyorgy Sandor has been a particular delight for Videoton this season and the Vidi captain will be wanting to build on it with another good European performance. He’s likely to start behind Nemanja Nikolics, who scored against Sporting last time out.

On the wings Filipe Oliviera and Walter Lee will continue. Both had fantastic games in the last round, and they will be vital to creating the chances for Vidi tonight. Adam Gyurcso will also be huge threat from the bench, and the young Hungarian international will almost certainly feature at some styage.

Mitrovic and Toth will start in midfield in front of the defence. Mitrovic has great passing ability, while Balazs Toth is an old fashioned ball winner. The combination has worked really well in the past, and Sousa sees the combination as vital part of the side.

The back four will be Brachi, Filipe Oliviera, Caneira and Stopira. The frailty of Brachi is a worry for Vidi, and Basel will be wanting to exploit that weakness.

The Basel manager, Murat Yakin has come out and praised Videoton in the pre-match press conference: “I am really looking forward to the match. I have tried to prepare the team, so that we achieve a good result. We know that Videoton are a strong side, who a few weeks ago beat Sporting by three goals. We have looked at our opponents, and we are preparing for Thursday’s game in great detail.”

It’s a hard game to call in terms of result, with both sides looking similar on paper. Vidi’s attacking players have to work well, and the defence, which has been so strong in Europe (bar the blip against Genk), will need to be at it’s best again.

Prediction: Videoton 2-1 Basel (Odds 10/1)

 

Odds (Bet365): Videoton 11/5 – Draw 12/5 – Basel 6/5

 

Standings

#   Team MP W D L F A D P Last 5 matches
1 Genk 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4 DW
2 Videoton 2 1 0 1 3 3 +0 3 WL
3 Basel 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 2 DD
4 Sporting CP 2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 1 LD

 

Previous Results

Thursday 20th September

Genk 3-0 Videoton

Sporting 0-0 Basel

Thursday 4th October

Videoton 3-0 Sporting CP

Basel 2-2 Genk