iBet: Expect Goals As Basle Take On Schalke

Gareth Purnell

Champions League, Group E

Basle V FC Schalke, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports Interactive

Back over 2.5 goals at 8/11

Swiss Superleague leaders Basle continue to be under-rated by the bookmakers and their games tend to feature goals. Those with a long memory may recall that they beat Manchester United at home in Group C in 2011 and drew 3-3 at Old Trafford in a game they probably deserved to win.

Against the odds they progressed to the last 16 and actually beat Bayern Munich at home before being steamrollered by the German machine in the second leg at the Allianz. Last year’s Champions League campaign was less successful as they fell to Cluj in the play-off round before the group stage, but they showed no fear in the first round of the group stages this time around by taking the game to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and coming out with a shock 201 victory.

Basle (7/4 to win tonight) sit joint top of the group with tonight’s opponents, who registered a fairly routine 3-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest on Match Day One thanks to three second half goals in an 18-minute spell. Both will sense a chance to take control of the group here. Schalke’s last four games have produced 17 goals and the bet here might be to expect more. The Germans are best price of 9/5 to win, with the draw at 12/5.

Luis Suarez did us a favour on Sunday when we bet on him to score at any time against Sunderland. Despite missing the season up to now, his double means he is only three behind the leader in the Premier League Golden Boot table – his team-mate Daniel Sturridge, who we backed before the season started at 20/1. The betting has reacted accordingly – Suarez is now joint second favourite in the betting at a best price of 8/1 with Paddy Power and Coral. Robin Van Persie remains the 7/1 favourite in this market with Sturridge 10/1 and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud the same price.

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