St Gallen vs Lausanne by Gustav
St Gallen improved a lot in the previous round, as the team managed to break their negative run and won the match away to Lugano with a 3:2 result. It was quite an open game with both teams attacking, but also with quite terrible defensive lineups. Hosts took the lead first in eight minute with a goal from Alioski, but Ajeti replied just two minutes before the halftime whistle.
Albert Bunjaku brought the visitors into the lead in 58th minute, with hosts replying via Mariani eight minutes later, but everything went for the worse for the home team, which had to play with a man less since 75th when Sulmoni got straight red card, while Aratore brought the visitors to the victory from a penalty kick taken in next moments. It was their first victory after six competitive matches, as the team escaped from the bottom of the table with fourteen points now, which is two points more than rock bottom placed Vaduz.
Goalkeepers Daniel Lopar (13/0, their first choice) and Marcel Herzog (no performance so far) are both sidelined with injuries, same as left midfielder Steven Lang (1/0).
Lausanne, on the other side, has entered really poor period and the international break surely suited them a lot this time. After a very positive start in the season, the team now has four consecutive defeats and has slipped down the table to fifth position - three points less than fourth and Europa League placed Luzern, so the team is in a must win situation now.
No doubt that they used the international break in order to improve the things around, but the team actually played decently away to Basel last time out, when they suffered 2:1 defeat, despite taking the lead in 42nd minute via Margiotta and keeping the lead all the way till additional time in the second halftime. However, lack of concentration in the last moments of the game cost them a lot, since Basel managed to revert the scoreline thanks to two goals in additional time, via Suchy and Janko.
Central defender Carlos Blanco (no performance for the first team) is injured, while striker Kevin Mendez (2/0) is close to recover fully, however should skip this one.
The teams are pretty even, but I find all the value being with Lausanne this time. Visitors have shown more, didn't get right results in previous weeks, but didn't look that bad either. They surely have shown more so far, but also are scoring goals easier than the players of St Gallen.