Basel v Fiorentina: Sparks in Switzerland

Basel players celebrate
Will Basel be celebrating again tonight against Fiorentina?

Basel and Fiorentina are battling for a place in the Europa Conference League final, and Kevin Hatchard expects to be royally entertained.

  • First leg ended 2-1 to Basel in Italy

  • Fiorentina have won last two UEL away games 4-1

  • 13 corners taken in a lively first leg


  • Basel v Fiorentina
    Thursday 18 May, 20:00
    Live on BT Sport

    Tobias's goals-based bet in Turkey last night landed with room to spare, as Fatih Karagumruk lost 3-2 at home to Adana Demirspor. He gets a special day off as a result, while I sweep you off to Switzerland.

    Basel are looking to become the first Swiss team in history to reach a major European final, after winning the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final 2-1 in Italy against Fiorentina. Basel played with adventure and enterprise, while Fiorentina rather froze on the night, despite taking the lead.

    This run by Basel is all the more remarkable when you consider they are a lowly sixth in the Swiss Super League, and for the past four seasons they have had to watch on forlornly as Young Boys and then Zurich took the title glory.
    Basel's home form is uninspiring, with just one win in the last eight in all competitions. At the weekend they rested players in a disinterested 6-1 hammering at St Gallen, and I don't think we can read too much into that result, as everyone at the club was clearly focused on this clash with Fiorentina.

    Fiorentina can be an unpredictable outfit, but they have shone in away games in this competition, winning 4-1 at both Sivasspor and Lech Poznan in the knockout phase. With Luka Jovic, Nicolas Gonzalez and former Basel striker Arthur Cabral, boss Vincenzo Italiano has plenty of attacking quality to call upon, and La Viola are the top scorers in the competition.

    I'll use the Sportsbook's Bet Builder here to combine Over 2.5 Goals with Over 8.5 Corners at 2.186/5. Fiorentina have to go for it, and there were 13 corners in the first leg. Fiorentina's games in Serie A feature an average of 9.2 corners, and they have to push here.

    Back Over 2.5 Goals and Over 8.5 Corners @

    2.15

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