They now come up against another of the tournament favourites in Bayern Munich and it is imperative that they get a positive result at St. Jakob-Park before the return leg at the Allianz Arena a fortnight down the line.
Heiko Vogel’s team are 6/1 (Boylesports free bets) to claim victory on Wednesday night, just as they did against Manchester United in December and we should also note that they managed a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford which effectively helped them through.
Alexander Frei is a potent weapon for Basel and he can be backed at 9/1 (Unibet bookmaker) to score the first goal, with Bayern Munich perhaps not the force they were earlier in the season when qualifying with ease at the expense of Manchester City.
The German side are now four points off the pace in the Bundesliga following a goalless draw in Freiburg on Saturday, with odds of 8/13 (Ladbrokes £50 free bets) that the visitors claim a first leg victory which would put them in the driving seat.
It has been five games since Bayern tasted defeat and Mario Gomez’s goal glut continues with the striker notching 26 goals so far and he is a 4/1 poke with Coral.