VENUE: St. Jacob-Park
Basel hosts Benfica in round two of A uefa champions league fixtures in what is expected to be an evenly balanced affair.
Basel would be aiming to bounce back from their 3-0 infuriating away humiliating defeat to Manchester United in their opening group fixture with a solid performance in front of their faithful.
The Swiss giants will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 loss to St.Gallen in their latest domestic fixture with a win on the continental stage.
The hosts are currently in mediocre form heading into the clash managing only one win, suffering three defeats and registering one win in their last five matches.
Red-hot Netherlands marksman Van Wolfswinkel will be counted upon to use his predatory instincts to find the back of the net against the Portuguese side.
Basel currently sit rock bottom in group A of the champions league without a point.
Benfica travel to Switzerland targeting to collect the maximum points in the Uefa Champions league against a tricky Basel side.
The Portuguese champions will be targeting to put behind their shocking 2-1 home loss to CSKA Moscow in their group opener with a convincing home win.
The visitors are currently in unusual slump of form suffering two defeats, registered two wins and only managed a single win in their last five matches.
Rui Vitoria will be out to urge his charges not to underestimate their unpredictable hosts and get the job done in their nervy trip.
The two sides have met twice Benfica winning one match and the other ending in a draw.
Basel probable line-up- Vaclik, Suchy, Lang, Alvarez, Akanji, Die, Zuff, Bua, Xhaka, Van Wolfswinkel, Oberlin
Benfica probable line-up- Varela, Lopez, Luisao, Eliseu, Almeida, Augusto, Pizzi, Salvio, Silva, Jimenez, Seferovic