Grasshoppers vs Basel by Gustav
Grasshoppers is nowhere close to the team of their ambitions, which would be chasing the second position and Champions League exit at least, if not the title battle with Basel. After twelve rounds played, the team has five victories and seven defeats, which puts them only at seventh position - just five points above rock bottom placed St Gallen.
On the bright side, they are also only five points away from the second placed Sion and the course in the season is still to be determined for them - however, one thing is sure, they are far below the expectations. Currently, the team has two consecutive defeats in Super League, three in all competitions, as they were outplayed by Sion (4:2) and Young Boys (4:0) in last two match games, but also suffering humiliating 5:0 defeat to Young Boys in Cup game last Wednesday evening. That's nine goals conceded and zero scored against the same opponent in just four days. They are now close to a must win situation regarding improvement in atmosphere.Left full back Benjamin Luthi (6/0) is injured, as well as important central midfielder Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (10/5).
Basel didn't manage to get the victory last time out in Swiss Super League, as the team comes from a 2:2 draw away from home against Lugano, but the players won't be too downhearted by that result, since they already have twelve points lead in comparison to second placed Sion and can be stopped by winning another title only in case of some real miracle.
Team already has ten victories and two draws, being ultimate favorite to win the title and their eyes are mostly set on performing better in Champions League and in the Cup competition, while the victories are usually coming with ease in the league. They easily won over Tuggen 4:1 with a rotated squad in 1/8 finals of the Swiss Cup and can't wait in much better atmosphere this derby game against arch rivals. Doubtful for the match is central defender Manuel Akanji (but anyway without performing so far in the season), while injured are central defender Eray Cumart (also no performance) and midfielder Kevin Bua (2/0).
Hosts have no time to wait for anymore and will need to attack Basel in order to try to get something out of the match. Visitors are in far better form and are big favorites to take the victory, while I'm sure they won't miss a chance to score as much as possible goals in case they get the opportunity.