St Gallen vs Grasshoppers by Gustav
After two rounds played in Swiss Super League, St Gallen is at the bottom of the table without a point earned so far. Their performances were surely below expected and they didn't play zero points for now, but the team still has more than enough time to improve, starting from this game against probably fatigue worried opponent.
They firstly suffered 2:0 defeat at home against in-form Young Boys, but then disappointed slightly last weekend as well, when the team suffered 2:1 defeat against Sion, without showing impressive signs. They were limited to a very passive role and didn't look concrete at all, staying behind in the scoreline in the first halftime, but then managing to equalize the game in 76th minute via Aleksic, but even so, the players of Sion managed to respond taking the lead deservedly with a goal seven minutes before the full time whistle.
They will be playing today against tired Grasshoppers, as the coach said that they need to improve in offense especially, since their game against Young Boys was close to unacceptable. Adding that the players need to show more courage on the field and to press more in the midfield. Midfielder Lucas Cueto (1/0) won't be playing due injury, while not ready remains other midfielder, Gianluca Gaudino, who didn't play till now anyway.
Grasshoppers, on the other side, was affected with their duties in Europa League qualifying stages in previous weeks, but the team managed to reach the play-off round on Thursday evening when they won against Cypriot side Apollon after additional extra time played.
The game finished as a 2:1 victory for the Cypriots thanks to a late goal, exactly the same result as in Switzerland a week earlier, but the players of Grasshoppers managed to react later in the extra-time, despite the fact that they were also down in that part of the game. Finally, thanks to goals from Caio and Gjorgjev they celebrated and will be playing against Fenerbache for the group stage.
As for the domestic league, they didn't start in a best possible way, coming from a 4:3 defeat last weekend against Luzern, in a game where they showed plenty of defensive gaps. Rotation is expected for this game, but also pretty much needed in order for the players to stay fresh. Striker Haris Tabakovic (1/0) is injured for this one and almost surely will not be risked.
Visitors are coming from exhausting game against the Cypriots and I can't see them being favorites here. They anyway have problems in the defense and if anything, I believe the value lies with the home team, even though the draw seems like most realistic outcome.