Bet Schalke 04 at home vs. FC Basel

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:50 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 12:50 PM UTC

What a crucial match this is. A win or even a draw would put Basel into the next round, but Schalke's at home and ready to spoil the party. With the opportunity to move on to the next stage on the line, both teams will bring their best performance. Let's take a look at the odds and see who makes our soccer pick.

Odds Overview

At home with a ton to play for, the Royal Blues are quoted at -140 or so to win in the soccer odds for Wednesday's crucial match. FCB is in the +400 to +450 range, while a draw is nearing the +300 threshold.

Schalke 04

The mood in the Schalke camp probably isn't the best after consecutive losses to Hoffenheim and Gladbach.

After a 3-1 home loss in the cup, the Royal Blues weren't able to bounce back, falling 2-1 away in Bundesliga action. Jefferson Farfan put Schalke up early after a converted penalty, but Raffael Araujo and Max Kruse scored for Borussia Monchengladbach.

It's a tough loss for the Royal Blues, as they're now in sixth place in the table, two points back fo Wolsburg and seven behind the top four.

As for Schalke's Champions League campaign, they've managed two wins, two losses and one draw through five matches. They've scored four goals in total and given up six. The wins came over Basel (1-0) and Steaua Bucuresti (3-0) and their two losses were both versus Chelsea.

Injuries have been a lot to overcome for the Royal Blues, but Farfan and Kevin-Prince Boateng are trying to pick up the slack. Both have scored five league goals this term, while Adam Szalai has also found the back of the net five times.

FC Basel

FCB is currently in the top spot in the Super League, ahead of Lucerne by a single point. They've only lost one time in 17 domestic fixtures, while recording eight wins and eight draws.

The last two league results for Basel have been ties. They first held Young Boys to a 2-2 draw away before getting held themselves (1-1) at home against Grasshoppers.

We've been impressed with the Swiss outfit's form in Europe though, that's for sure. They've proven they can hang with the big boys, having beaten Chelsea twice, which includes a fantastic 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. FCB's sole loss came against Schalke at home.

So, as it stands, Basel is in second place in Group E with eight points. They're one behind Chelsea and one ahead of Schalke heading into the crucial last set of matches.

There's one man who's stood out above the rest for FCB and that's Swiss striker Marco Streller. The 32-year old has scored eight league goals this season and he's been accountable for one goal and two assists in five European appearances.

Champions League Pick

In this all-important clash, we have to side with the home team to win and earn their way into the knockout stages of the competition.

Schalke hasn't been performing at a high level recently, but this is the perfect chance for them to re-gain a little pride.

While FCB has shown up to play away from home in this group so far, the circumstances are different now. Motivation is going to be through the roof for both sides, but the home support will be significant and we think that will tip the outcome into the Royal Blues' favor, especially since they've already beaten Basel in this group once. Take Schalke at small home favorites for your soccer picks.

Pick: Schalke 2 FC Basel 1


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