Basel vs Vaduz by MrDomez

Basel
VS
Vaduz
Swiss champions FC Basel open the new season at home against relegation candidate Vaduz. Despite much turnover during the offseason Basel remains the team to beat in Switzerland and are expected to win the league for a seventh time in a row.

 

> FC Basel, Games 0 Points 0, 0-0-0 0:0 +0

 

Basel once again had to look for a new trainer this summer after they parted ways with Paulo Sousa. The search didn't take long and only a few days later they presented Urs Fischer as their new head coach. Fischer did very well with Thun, playing above expectations and now gets his chance to prove he can handle the expectations and pressure in a big club such as Basel. Not all fans are happy about this signing because Fischer's ties to hated rival FC Zurich but in nowadays football business this shouldn't be more than a side note.

 

More important are the losses of some key players. Fabian Schär (), Fabian Frei (MF) left the and club legend Marco Streller retired. Of course Basel also signed a few new players but it remains to be seen if they are capable to make up for the losses.

 

Preseason:

 

FC Basel - Austria Lustenau (AUT/2.D.) 4:1

 

FC Basel - TSV 1860 München (GER/2.B.) 1:2

 

FC Basel - Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 1:3

 

FC Basel - PSV Eindhoven (NED) 3:2

 

Arrivals: Urs Fischer (Trainer / Thun), Manuel Akanji (Winterthur), Birkir Bjarnason (Pescara/ITA), Daniel Høegh (Odense/DEN), Marc Janko (Sydney/AUS), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Inter/ITA), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Mirko Salvi (Biel)

 

Departures: Paulo Sousa (Trainer / Fiorentina/ITA), Arlind Ajeti (?), Pascal Albrecht (?), Fabian Frei (Mainz/GER), Fabian Schär (Hoffenheim/GER), Marco Streller (Rücktritt)

 

Suspensions: None worth mentioning

 

Injuries: None worth mentioning

 

> FC Vaduz, Games 0, Points 0, 0-0-0 0:0 +0

 

Another season, another fight against relegation. After achieving their goal to stay in the top flight last season, Vaduz finds themselves amongst the main candidates for relegation. It's expected that either Vaduz or newly promoted Lugano will finish last, it would be a huge surprise if any other team gets drawn into this relegation battle.

 

The team remains pretty much the same, no big losses and the new players are unknown, they managed to keep left defender Aliji (on loan from FC Basel) for another season. As Liechtenstein's cup winners they already played two UEFA Europa League qualifiers against SP La Fiorita and won both of them convincingly, 5-0 away, 5-1 at home. They will also take on Nomme Kalju in ELQ2 this Thursday.

 

Preseason:

 

FC Vaduz - Universitatea Craiova (ROU) 2:4

 

Arrivals: Mario Bühler (Wohlen), Mauro Caballero (Desportivo Aves/POR), Robin Kamber (Servette), Stjepan Kukuruzovic (Ferencvaros/HUN), Ali Messaoud (Willem II/NED)

 

Departures: Vinzenz Flatz (?), Hekuran Kryeziu (Luzern), Kwang Ryong Pak (Biel), Mario Sara (?)

 

>>> Altough last season Basel only managed a 1-0 win and 1-1 draw at home against Vaduz, an easy win for the home side is expected this time around. Last season both games came before or in between UEFA CL games and Basel were cleary concentrating on those.

 

This Sunday is different, new trainer, new players, first game of the season and CL qualifiers a few weeks away, Basel wants to make a statement and show the league that they are ready to take on any title challengers. However, a regular win or handicap doesn't offer much value.

 

With all preseason games of both teams going O2.5 goals and Basel showing some weaknesses in defense, I decided to play 1X2&O/U, we get decent odds @1.90 for that, totally worth a bet in my opinion.

 

Prediction: 3-0, 3-1

 

PICK: Basel & Over 2.5 Goals, @1.90, bet365

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

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