Basel were well beaten in the first leg against Trabzonspor last week, losing 1-0 to the home side. The second leg at St. Jakob-Park on Thursday at 20:00 GMT will see Basel try to overturn this deficit in front of the home fans.
Basel were outplayed by Trabzonspor last week in Turkey. They will be looking to re-establish their dominance in this tie at home. They will also look to protect against a sucker punch while chasing the game.
After dominating the first leg, Trabzonspor will look to repeat the same away from home. They will have a platform upon which to build their second-leg performance. Although they will look to be compact and solid, they will also be on the attack.
Three injuries will concern Basel ahead of the pivotal second leg on Thursday. These include center-forward Jean-Kévin Augustin (muscle), left-back Riccardo Calafiori (adductor problems), and center-back Arnau Comas (unknown injury).
Trabzonspor have several injury worries; these include Drukhan Tokoz (cruciate ligament injury), Edin Visca (collarbone fracture), Marek Hamsik (hamstring), and Abdulkadir Parmak (knee).
Basel will have to go all out for the win in the second leg. Trabzonspor will be content with being solid and compact and springing counterattacks.
A draw is the likely result, with Trabzonspor progressing.
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