Basel vs St Gallen by Gustav
Basel have won yet another Super League title few weeks ago, so they had a chance to rotate a bit and give opportunity to some players that didn't play so much earlier in the season. Therefore, they had four matches without a victory run, in order to test some younger guys, but also to rest their team for the Cup's finale.
However, the side bounced back to their winning streak when it was needed the most, as they overpowered Sion 3:0 in the Cup's finale, while they also come from a victory, last Sunday evening as the team won over Grasshoppers away from home with a 3:1 result. They were eager to show their best against old rival, taking the lead in 42nd minute via Akanji and even though the hosts equalized in 63rd minute via Ciao, Basel deservedly reached the victory in last five minutes with two goals from Doumbia.
Talented goalkeeper Djordje Nikolic (1/0) is injured, same as midfielders Kevin Bua (3/0) and Davide Calla (27/3) and won't be playing here.
St Gallen, on the other side, had a lot of ups and downs during the season and the team failed to obtain European exit in the end after all. They were excluded from the Cup competition already in 1/8 finals to Zurich, leaving all the hopes within Super League competition.
However, streak of five defeat during April was simply too much and cost them a lot, as the team remains now at seventh position, having six points less than Europa League placed Luzern, even though they looked decent in last few weeks with three victories in last five matches. Most recently, they come from a 1:1 draw at home against Sion and should be happy with a point taken, since the guests took the lead in 64th via Ferreira and have created much more - however hosts managed to snatch a draw with a goal from Gelmi in 86th minute.
Defensive midfielder and team captain Nzuzi Toko (29/1) is injured and won't play, same as central midfielder Sejad Salihovic (13/0).
This match is without competitive motive for either of the sides and having that in mind, I'm fully confident that the players of Basel will want to give their best in the official goodbye from their fans for this season. There is simply plenty of more individual quality in favor of Basel and I see these odds as very valuable ones.