Winterthur v Grasshoppers
Winterthur haven’t found it easy to make the step up to the Super League after their 36-year exile came to an end last season. They have already lost three games by four or more goals, including a 6-0 loss to Luzern that was their heaviest top-flight home defeat since 1960. Despite that start, there are signs of improvement ahead of their second derby meeting with Grasshoppers. Winti secured their first win as they upset the odds to overcome Sion at the Tourbillon before a goalless draw at the Letzigrund with Zurich last Sunday.
Grasshoppers continue to impress and surprise in equal measure after the first ten games. They occupy mid-table and have lost only two games, both of them away from home at Servette and FC Basel. There is the feeling that it could be even better for the record Swiss champions if they could stop conceding so many goals. For example, GC led 4-1 at home to Sion last Saturday before surrendering the lead in a game that brought their goals scored tally to 19 and their goals conceded total to 20. It is both encouraging and frustrating at the same time for the GC fans.
All signs point towards goals in this Zurich derby. These are the two sides to have conceded the most goals in the division. Winterthur have conceded 17 of their 24 goals at their Schutzenwiese home and they have only failed to score in one of those five matches. A fragile GC team that have scored and conceded in their last five away from the Letzigrund, including a 5-1 loss at Basel, seem to be the perfect match for a goal-laden game. The last 12 in this fixture at this venue have also ended with both teams scoring.
St. Gallen v Lugano
After looking like serious title challengers for the first three months of the season, St. Gallen can’t seem to catch a break lately. They suffered a third straight defeat in the league in Bern against Young Boys, losing out in the 87th minute due to an unfortunate own goal by Leonidas Stergiou. This is a familiar story for Peter Zeidler and his team who also lost out in the final minutes of their previous league game at FC Basel. Still, there are lots of positives for the FCSG fans ahead of the visit of Lugano, they are second only to leaders YB for goals scored and have lost only one of their last six league matches at kybunpark.
Lugano have won four of their last six matches in the Super League and seem to have turned a corner after a fairly underwhelming and inconsistent start to the campaign. FCL’s only defeats came away to Young Boys and at home to St. Gallen back in late August and they have now posted back-to-back victories over Servette and Basel at home, both by a 1-0 scoreline.
I predict this game to be similar to that seven-goal thriller against St. Gallen a couple of months ago. FCSG have scored and conceded in their last seven games and all of them have featured at least three goals. Lugano have tightened things up at home but they remain vulnerable on the road, conceding in all but one of their last ten away matches, nine of which have featured Over 2.5 Goals.
FC Zurich v Young Boys
FC Zurich are under new management in the shape of former Midtjylland manager Bo Henriksen. This new era for the troubled Swiss champions began with an unsurprising defeat to PSV in Eindhoven in their latest UEFA Europa League match on Thursday. Once again, while the defeat wasn’t unexpected, the manner of it was hard to stomach for FCZ fans as their side trailed 3-0 with little over half an hour played and eventually lost 5-0 to the Dutch giants. Their lack of goals coupled with the sheer volume that they’re conceding is a huge task for Henriksen to solve.
The Dane isn’t likely to appreciate that his first league outing comes in the shape of the visiting league leaders Young Boys. YB haven’t been perfect so far but they’ve shown a real team spirit to pull results out of the bag, including two late winners in consecutive weeks to move them five points clear at the top of the table. With 24 goals scored and boasting the two top scorers in the league in Jean-Pierre Nsame and Cedric Itten, they are an ominous prospect for anyone.
FCZ’s fortunes may change under the stewardship of Bo Henriksen, I just don’t see it happening here. YB have too many strong options in attack to hurt FCZ and I think they can win in Zurich on Sunday.
Servette v Basel
A match between two Swiss football institutions in Geneva on Sunday afternoon as 17-time champion Servette, who won their last title in 1999, host 20-time winners FC Basel, who were most recently winners in 2017. Neither side has been a significant challenger over the last few years but this still remains a significant fixture in the calendar.
SFC upsetting early-season predictions to occupy second place after ten games will add some extra spice to this contest, especially since FC Basel are struggling down in seventh. This venue, the Stade de Geneve, is becoming a fortress again for Servette as they stretched their unbeaten run there to seven games courtesy of their 1-1 draw with Luzern. They also have a tremendous recent record against Basel there having gone unbeaten in their last five against them and winning three.
Basel come into this off the back of a tremendous effort to earn a 3-3 draw in an enthralling UEFA Europa Conference League encounter with Slovan Bratislava on Thursday. However, their defensive issues were on display again and that, alongside the fact they’ve won only one of their last eight away games in the league, will be a concern for Alex Frei. The solitary win FCB have on their travels in the Super League came at bottom club Zurich.
SFC have that great record against FCB and can pile the pressure on Frei even more in this match. They held Basel to a draw at St. Jakob-Park earlier this season and they have enough to continue their impressive start by avoiding defeat here.
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