St Gallen vs Young Boys by Gustav
St Gallen opened their campaign of the group stage in Europa League in the best possible win, with a victory over Kuban Krasnodar by 2:0 result at home last Thursday. Their primary target in Europe was only qualification for the group stage, but is now rising to a bar higher as the team wants to participate in the next phase too.
It was their fourth consecutive victory in all competitions, as the team remains undefeated in last ten official matches having erased the poor start early in the season. Last Sunday they had a postponed game against newly promoted Aarau, which surely gave them enough time to recover from Europa League duties. They are currently at fifth position with a game less, while the target remains similar to what they did last season and that's getting another European ticket. Coach tried to stay cautious saying that Young Boys might miss several good players, but they remain a well-trained team that is going through a difficult phase, but it doesn't mean his players will have an easy game.
Midfielder Nater (6/0) overcame his injury, but isn't ready for ninety minutes of play, while striker Lehmann and defender Ivic remain out sidelined from the start of the season. Striker Cavusevic (2/0) is also out.
Despite their third consecutive defeat, Young Boys remained at the top of the table thanks to better goal difference as the team is tied together with Grassshoppers and Basel having the same number of points. On Saturday evening they lost to Luzern 0:1, playing quite a modest game through the whole ninety minutes of the game.
They actually had only two good chances through the match, while visitors from Luzern waited for their chance and got it via penalty kick six minutes before the final whistle. It was their third straight defeat in the league, while they won over YF Juventus 4:2 in the Cup competition in the meantime. Seems that the team is without quality players on the bench and has no credible solutions in the defense, as they entered a really poor form. Defender Burki (1/0) got red carded on Saturday night and will not play due suspension, while other absentees are offensive players Sutter (7/1), midfielders Doubai and Simpson who are still to play this season, while central defender Veskovac (7/0) suffers from minor injury. Things to be worse, right back Zverotic (7/0) was sold to Fulham in last days of transfer window.
Teams might be quite equal in their individual quality, but the visitors are really in a poor form at the moment and with less options at the bench they are really close to another defeat.