Friday September 26th, 2014

After winning its opening match of group play 2-1, Liverpool will look to make it six points in two matches on Wednesday against FC Basel. The Reds, traveling to Switzerland, are favored to advance from Group B along with defending Champions League winner Real Madrid. Los Blancos dismantled FC Basel 5-1 in both teams' opening match of the group stage. Liverpool defeated Ludogorets in its opener. 

In its first match, Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored for Liverpool at Anfield. FC Basel’s lone tally came from Derlis Gonzalez. But Liverpool is dealing with a number of injuries entering the squad's match against Basel, with Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and defender Glen Johnson all questionable to play.

FC Basel will be without midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who is in the midst of a a three-match ban following his dismissal in Basel’s UEFA Europa League quarterfinal against Valencia last season.

FC Basel was eliminated in the group stage of last season’s Champions League, going 2-2-2. Liverpool last appeared in the Champions League in 2010, when it was knocked out during group play.

How to watch

Match time: 2:45 p.m. ET

Live stream: You can watch the match online here.

TV coverage: FOX Sports 2 

FC Basel facts

Basel was 5-1-2 at home in Champions League and Europa League action last season.

Their overall home mark against English teams is 4-4-3.

Ahmed Hamoudi scored his first goal for Basel against FC Vaduz on Sept. 23.

Breel Embolo, 17, had a hat trick in Basel’s 4-0 win at second-division FC Winterthur in the second round of the Swiss Cup.

Basel and Liverpool met in the 2002-03 Champions League group stage, playing to 1-1 and 3-3 draws.

Liverpool facts

Liverpool has five Champions League titles in its history, most recently in 2004-05. 

The club's 2-1 win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad was Liverpool's first Champions League match since December 2009.

The last time Liverpool played in Switzerland, the Reds beat BSC Young Boys 5-3 in the 2012-13 Europa League group stage.

The Reds are 3-1-1 in Switzerland, scoring 14 goals in those matches.

Emre Can and Lazar Markovic are available for the Reds after serving bans during the opening match of group play.

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