FC Wil v Bellinzona
FC Wil can safely say they aren’t doing too much wrong considering they have an identical record to leaders and title favourites Lausanne as we enter Matchday 8. There is plenty of reason to believe that this team can maintain their title challenge over the next few weeks and months.
Whether or not Bellinzona can keep up their surprising run of form is another story. They were able to grind out a narrow 1-0 victory at Yverdon-Sport last Friday to follow up their 3-1 victory over Neuchatel Xamax. Some of those wins were sandwiched in between heavy defeats to Aarau and Stade Lausanne-Ouchy though and there is the feeling that harder games are to come for the Ticino club, including this visit to the Lidl Arena.
The home side are a changed team from the sheer recklessness of last season. They are conceding a lot less goals and are scoring goals right across the team too, whereas last season a lot of the responsibility fell squarely on the now-departed Valon Fazliu. Overall, the team are in a better place and should be aiming for a top-half finish at least.
On their current form, FC Wil should have too much for Bellinzona and can return to winning ways back on their home patch.
Neuchatel Xamax v Vaduz
Two teams that were in the Super League not so long ago are now languishing at the bottom of Switzerland’s second tier and both still looking for their first win. Remarkably, Xamax have lost all seven of their games while Vaduz, unbelievably, are playing in their first-ever UEFA Europa Conference League campaign this season after a shock run through the qualifiers that saw them eliminate Koper, Konyaspor and Rapid Vienna.
The sprouts of recovery for Xamax were evident under the highly-experienced Jeff Saibene in his first game in charge. The Luxembourgish coach is widely-expected to steady the ship at the Stade de la Maladiere and his side were actually ahead against SLO last week before two unfortunate own goals.
Vaduz have enjoyed major moments in Europe this season and were victorious in the Liechtenstein Cup last midweek by an 18(!)-0 scoreline but their wait for a league victory continued in a 1-1 draw with Schaffhausen last Sunday. That result makes it a staggering seventeen goals in their last four league matches.
I think we’ll get both teams scoring at the Maladiere. Xamax will be a more dangerous side under Saibene anyway, but Vaduz can’t stop conceding and they score plenty of goals too. That trend seems likely to continue in Neuchatel.
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