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Basel vs Zurich Prediction & Betting tips
On Wednesday before the Champions League, the catch-up match between FC Basel 1893 and FC Zurich takes place in Switzerland. The match was supposed to have taken place in March but could not be played due to a power failure at St. Jakob-Park. FC Zurich first demanded a forfait victory. However, the responsible commission of the Swiss Football Association decided to make up for the match, as no fault of the FC Basel went out. For both teams three points are compulsory in this game. FC Zurich is struggling for the Europa League starting places and FC Basel are hoping for a miracle so that the Bebbis will still be champions.
Currently, the gap to the Bernese Young Boys is 16 points. In the event of a defeat, the Young Boys would be almost Swiss champions. FC Zurich are three points behind FC Luzern. Until five rounds ago, the starting position of the Zurich looked even better. However, they have only won five points from their last five games. Zurich also often lost out in direct matches against FC Basel. Most recently, the Zurichers won a match in Basel in 2013! Accordingly high are the odds for a victory of the FCZ. If bets on the outsider are successful, Bet365 will give you seven times the wager. I decided to bet on the number of goals in this article. The match will be kicked off at 17:45 in Basel.
FC Basel started extremely badly in the second half of the season. From the first five games the Bebbis fought only four points. With this yield, the gap to the Young Boys increased significantly. Also in the Cup, the team of Rafael Wicky gambled the chance of a title. In the semi-final against the Young Boys they conceded in the Stade de Suisse a 0-2 defeat. In this game it was obvious that the yellow-blacks are currently better prepared playfully. The Basler created hardly scoring chances and disappointed all along the line. In this bad phase, the Swiss gambled away the Champions League. In a surprisingly good group stage, FC Basel took second place in Group A, putting ZSKA Moscow and Benfica Lisbon at the bottom of the league. In this group was also Manchester United, with the Basler won the home game against the English. In the round of 16 they were the second top team from Manchester zugelost. City made no mistake and won the first leg in Basel without discussion 4-0. The recovery of the Basel in the second leg was no longer enough to make up for this mortgage.
After all, the performance in the past games has been better. This leaves the opportunity for the championship title. In the direct duel on Easter Monday against the Young Boys managed the Basel but no victory. In this important game, the Bebbis score two goals away. In addition, they were the first team in the second half, which scored a point against the Bernese. Nevertheless, defending the title this year seems almost impossible for FC Basel. In the remaining eight rounds, the Bernese would lose at least four games, the Young Boys have lost in the entire championship so far only three games. This will probably be the worst season for ten years this season. The new coach Wicky and the new sports director Marco Streller are thus in great criticism and it remains unclear whether the two former Basel players their functions may compete in the coming season.
FC Zurich surged surprisingly in the season 2015/16 in the Challenge League. Nevertheless, the city club secured the Cup victory. Thus, the Zurich last season played their championship games at the weekend in the Challenge League and during the week they dueled in the Europa League with Osmanlıspor Futbol Kulübü, the Villarreal Club de Fútbol and SC Fotbal Club FCSB SA. Since the Zurich did not cut their budget in the second division, they managed the direct re-emergence. On the European stage, however, they only took third place in the group L.
In the current season, the Zurich established directly back on the front rank. The president and main shareholder of Zurich Ancillo Canepa, the offered but not too spectacular. Therefore, he dismissed the promotion coach Uli Forte in February. Ludovic Magnin took over the coaching office directly in front of two Zurich derbies. The former Under-21 coach has not changed much in his current term. So far, FC Zurich only won against Lugano, in the other four games they only scored two points. After all, Magnin and his team secured victory in the semi-finals of the Swiss Cup against the Hoppers.
Thanks to a late goal from Brunner, the city of Zurich still turned the game. Thus, there is a chance for a title this year. In the cup final in May, FC Zurich meets the Bernese Young Boys. The game will take place on artificial turf in the Stade de Suisse. Surely the Zurich can win this final, but YB won the last direct duels. In the championship, FC Zurich duels with Sankt Gallen and Lucerne for the starting places for the Europa League. With a victory in the catch-up game against FC Basel, the Zurich punk Gleich with the FC Lucerne would occupy fourth place. However, the footballers from the largest city in Switzerland in this game are the clear outsiders. A draw would be a winning point for FC Zurich.
Basel vs Zurich head to head matches
28.10.17 SL Zurich Basel 0 : 0
23.09.17 SL Basel Zurich 1 : 0
02.03.17 CUP Basel Zurich 3 : 1
07.05.16 SL Zurich Basel 2 : 3
10.04.16 SL Basel Zurich 2 : 2