Servette v Grasshoppers
Despite their excellent start to the season, SFC must now answer some real questions in their quest to maintain that form after a 3-0 defeat to Young Boys last time out in the league that preceded star player Kastriot Imeri making the switch from Geneva to Bern for a club record fee over the last week.
Goal-friendly Grasshoppers are the visitors to the Stade de Geneve. They too have surprised with their performances. Many predicted GC to be fighting against relegation in their second season back in the top flight, but the record Swiss champions are unbeaten in five, including a draw away to Young Boys in Bern.
The one common pattern in those five games for GC is the number of goals scored. Sixteen goals have been scored in the five matches played so far. Both teams have also scored in all of those games. As those stats show, GC don’t have any trouble scoring goals, but their inability to keep them out has been an issue.
SFC like to keep it tight in Geneva, but I don’t think that’s an option against this free-scoring Grasshoppers side. GC scored here on their last visit and I think they can do so again, but with their leaky defence, Servette should also be able to register a goal or two themselves.
Lugano v St. Gallen
There was plenty of praise for Lugano in pre-season. Many were excited about what had been achieved in the previous season with the cup victory and were confident that, with several new signings in the door, they would push on to have another noteworthy campaign. It hasn’t quite worked out like that, inconsistency has plagued them, but they did return to winning ways in stunning fashion with a late smash-and-grab victory at St. Jakob-Park against Basel two weeks ago.
Visiting side St. Gallen continue to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Super League. They have scored ten goals and conceded five, winning three matches but also losing two. You almost don’t quite know what you’re going to get from FCSG results-wise, but you can guarantee that you’ll be entertained whatever happens. The best example of this is their 15-0 demolition of amateur side Rorschach in the cup just last weekend.
Lugano haven’t been able to put wins together, but they have scored in every league game stretching back to April last season. St. Gallen have only failed to score once in their last twenty-five matches. This all makes for an enthralling encounter at the Cornaredo and I think there will be goals on show in Ticino on Sunday.
FC Zurich v FC Basel
This fixture is commonly known in Switzerland as ‘der Klassiker’ or ‘The Classic’, a match that brings together two rivals with plenty of history and tradition. However, with the home side at the bottom, FCB in eighth and both yet to win in the league, it isn’t really the normal circumstances we usually find ourselves in for this fixture.
FCZ came through a tough trip to Edinburgh in the UEFA Europa League in midweek, surviving several scares against Hearts before eventually winning 1-0 to qualify for the Group Stage. FC Basel were also in European action, overturning their 1-0 first leg defeat against CSKA Sofia to win 2-0 at home and advance to the UEFA Europa Conference League Group Stage.
Both teams are desperate to get their first victory on the board in the league and this fixture is the perfect place to do it. It is also a game that is never dull, with a dramatic and controversial 3-3 draw taking place last October and a 4-2 win for FCZ in February, both at the Letzigrund.
This should be a close encounter in Zurich on Sunday with two sides eager to lay down a marker. I think there will be goals in it for both teams.
Winterthur v Young Boys
After promotion last season, FC Winterthur are finding it difficult to adapt to their first time back in the Swiss top-flight for thirty-seven years. The club from the northeast of the country has lost some of the players that helped them return to this level and also their manager, Alex Frei, to fellow Super League side FC Basel.
Under the tutelage of new coach Bruno Berner, they have managed to pick up only two points and suffered three defeats in total. The visit of league leaders Young Boys is one of those occasions that really makes the Schutzenwiese stadium crackle but also one that comes at a bad time for a team out of form.
YB’s focus returns completely to domestic duty after their European exit in midweek. They produced an excellent showing in Brussels to defeat Anderlecht before losing out in the penalty shootout. With an unbeaten start to the league campaign and only one goal conceded, YB are proving to be a formidable force again after their struggles last season.
Winti aren’t scoring enough, are conceding too many and YB are performing well under Raphael Wicky. I can’t see past another three points for the visitors.
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