Otelul Galati vs. FC Basel UEFA Champions League preview

November 21, 2011 · Filed Under Sports News · Comments Off 

FC Basel 1893 visit Romania to take on FC Otelul Galati looking for three points to keep up their pursuit of the top two in Group C.

With Manchester United FC and SL Benfica in direct opposition in the section’s other encounter, Heiko Vogel’s Basel know that victory against Oţelul would lift them level on points with one of that pair should there be a winner at Old Trafford.

Otelul sit bottom of Group C but Dorinel Munteanu’s men have their own motivation – besides the ongoing search for their first UEFA Champions League points, they need a win to revive their hopes of finishing third and gaining entry to the UEFA Europa League.

Having already earned draws at Manchester United and Benfica, Basel should travel to Bucharest in confident mood as they face a home team still without a goal at the National Arena, Oţelul’s base for this maiden UEFA Champions League campaign.

Otelul may be winless but they can take heart from having run the Swiss title holders close in their matchday one meeting. Back then they were within six minutes of claiming a draw before Alexander Frei’s late penalty earned a 2-1 success for a Basel side under the charge of Thorsten Fink. Read more