For the fourth and final time this season, ŠK Slovan Bratislava and Basel will go head-to-head, only this time a quarter-final spot is on the line.
In the group stages, the Slovakian champions had the upper-hand, taking top spot on head-to-head, courtesy of a 2-0 victory in Switzerland, before a 3-3 draw a fortnight later.
Then, in the first leg of this tie, the pair produced another goal-fest, specifically a 2-2 draw at St. Jakob-Park.
Zeki Amdouni fired Basel in front, thumping home a rebound, only for Jurij Medveděv to equalise from an acute angle.
Andi Zeqiri did restore Basel’s lead on the cusp of half time, but Malik Abubakari’s header ensured it ended all square.
So, expect another goal-fest at Tehelné pole.
If Slovan Bratislava advance, it would represent their first knockout phase victory since famously beating Barcelona in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final 54 years ago.
Coincidentally enough, that final took place in Basel, which Vladimír Weiss’ side will hope is a good omen.
The Sky Blues have featured in three group stages in the past four season, losing only four of their last 24 European home games.
Basel boast far more recent European expirence, reaching the Champions League knockout phase three times in the past 11 years, as well as two Europa League quarters and one semi in the second-tier competition.
However RotBlau, who are languishing sixth in the Swiss Super League, were dumped out at this stage 12 months ago, desperately hoping to avoid déjà vu.
Will Slovan Bratislava see off Basel once and for all at Národný futbalový štadión?
Slovan Bratislava team news
Midfielder Jaba Kankava missed this first leg suspended, but will be straight back in for this one.
Vladimír Weiss rotated heavily for Sunday’s surprise home defeat to MŠK Žilina, but all the big guns will be back here.
Basel team news
Talisman Taulant Xhaka managed to avoid a booking in the first leg, so will continue to partner Wouter Burger in midfield, the latter is deputising for the injured Fabian Frei
Brighton loanee Andi Zeqiri has scored 14 goals this season, including six in this competition.