Osmanlispor vs Zurich by Isaiah
Osmanlispor suffered 2:1 defeat away from home in previous Europa League round and therefore lowered their chances of reaching the knockout stage, as the team will now can't afford to lose in the last round against Swiss side Zurich. A victory would secure them first position at the table, while a draw would mean they are progressing, but most likely from the second position.
After five rounds played, Turkish side has two victories, a draw and two defeats, which makes this group surely the most equal one as all four teams have a chance not only to reach the knockout stage, but also to be first in the group. As for the domestic league, the team is undefeated in last four matches, coming from a 2:1 victory at home over Kardemir Karabukspor last weekend, result that puts them to seventh position at the moment, having six points less than fourth placed Fenerbahce. Midfielder Engin Bekdemir remains long term absentee still not being fully fit.
Zurich, on the other side, took a point in a home game against Villarreal in a 1:1 draw in last round of Europa League, point that left them alive in the battle of reaching the knockout stage. With a victory, three draws and a defeat, Swiss side shares the second position together with Steaua and Villarreal, but will need all three points in this match in order to progress further.
Only victory so far in Europa League, Zurich took over Turkish side in the first leg, so it's something at what they'll base the optimism that the team can get a three pointer again. As for the domestic league, Zurich won over Wil 2:0 on Saturday evening, continuing their run of six consecutive victories in the league. They are ten points already above second placed Xamax and are red hot favorites to claim the promotion back to the first tier of Swiss football. Midfielder Gilles Yai-Yapo (7/0) is injured.
One way or another, Zurich will need to attack here and it something that should spice up and open up the game. Osmanlispor has the quality to score even once then more, however the Swiss are also good in offense and should break the opponent at least once. Both teams to score is my first choice with the chances being above 50% in my eyes.