Lugano vs Vaduz by Gustav
Lugano in the end of the first round are sitting just four points away from the last position. From the start their target was realistic, to stay in the Bundesliga, and this is what they will try in the second half of the season. Something really not impossible in my opinion.
They signed midfielder Donis from Panathinaikos and striker Karim Rossi from Spezia, while they loaned many players that were not have a lot of participations and were out of their plans. Their squad looks now more solid and tied. Today they have the chance to win and be detached from the last position. They must present theirselves as the end of 2015 and if this happens I am sure that they will get the desired result. Good news that Italian defender Orlando Urbano (16 games, 1 goal) is back in action, and that keeper Alex Valentini (4 games) is fully fit. Only Croatian defender Niko Datkovic (15 games, 2 goals) will miss the game as he is suspended.
Vaduz managed for the first time in their recent history to be held in the Bundesliga. But contrary to the current season they are full of concern and rightly they rank last. They completed the first round without victory in the last eight games, and managed to record only two wins in a total of 18 games.
They signed midfielder Dejan Janjatovic from St Gallen and striker Armando Sadiku from Zurich on loan. Instead, they sold good attacking midfielder Markus Neumayr to Luzen and defender Pavel Pergl to Locarno. They played four friendly games. 1:2 against Austria Lustenau, 2:0 against Schaffhausen, 0:5 against St. Pauli and 0:1 against Hertha. Their preparation had some bad moments as there were some injuries. Left winger Pascal Schurpf (no game played yet), striker Manuel Sutter (2 games), central midfielder Nicolas Hasler (7 games), left back Thomas Fekete (2 games), key defender Florian Stahel (10 games), defender Daniel Kaufmann (6 games) and key right back Joel Untersee (13 games) will all miss the game!
Lugano showed in good condition in the end of 2015 and at home they remain unbeaten in the last five games. They are now strengthened and receives a problematic team that is missing many players due to injuries.