Friday 2 Jun

Basel vs St. Gallen Match Preview

02 Jun 2017 Ed Mackey SWITZERLAND: Super League
SWITZERLAND: Super League

FC Basel

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  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W

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Kick-off
18:30 GMT
02 June 2017

FC St. Gallen

  • W
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  • L
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
18:30 GMT 02 June 2017

In the final game of the Swiss Super League season, the title was won long ago and it will be going to Basel, who will be lifting the trophy after the game against St Gallen in front of their own fans. With a 17-point lead over Young Boys in 2nd, the title was secured several weeks ago and means Basel will have the chance to get into the Champions League group stage next season if they can get through the qualifying rounds. St Gallen are currently 7th in the table but they can climb to 6th with a win against Basel.

STATS

  • After confirming that they’d finish the season as Swiss champions, Basel’s form has suffered. They’ve only won 1 of their last 5 games whilst losing 1 and drawing the other 3. But after only failing to win on 5 occasions in the first 30 games, they made sure the title was won as early as possible. They beat Grasshopper 3-1 in their last game, their first win in 5.
  • St Gallen have had a very average season but their recent form has meant that their place in the Swiss Super League has been comfortably confirmed for next season. They’ve won 3 of their last 5 games after failing to win a single game in the 7 games prior to this run. They drew 1-1 to Sion last time out.
  • Seydou Doumbia has been in great form this season for Basel and his 18 goals in 24 games make him the league’s joint leading goal scorer. His strike-partner, Marc Janko, has also been gin good goal scoring form as he’s scored 12 goals.
  • Albian Ajeti is the only St Gallen player who has reached double figures in front of goal this season and his goals have been vital for St Gallen staying up this season.

HEAD TO HEAD

There hasn’t been a draw between Basel and St Gallen  in the last 10 meetings and St Gallen have only won 2 of the 10, one of which was a friendly. Basel have won all 3 matches against St Gallen this season and the most recent one back in April ended 3-0 to Basel.

Head to head matches: FC Basel - FC St. Gallen

01.04.2017 Supe FC St. Gallen FC Basel 0:3
10.12.2016 Supe FC Basel FC St. Gallen 1:0
24.09.2016 Supe FC St. Gallen FC Basel 1:3

BASEL NEWS

A win isn’t vital for Basel in the final fixture of the season but it would be good for them to end the season on a high note in front of their fans before lifting the trophy for the 8th season in a row. Kevin Bua, Davide Calla and Djordje Nikolic are all set to miss the final game through injury.

Latest matches: FC Basel

28.05.2017 Supe Grasshopper Club Zurich FC Basel 1:3 W
25.05.2017 Schw FC Basel FC Sion 3:0 W
21.05.2017 Supe Young Boys Bern FC Basel 2:1 L
18.05.2017 Supe FC Basel FC Sion 2:2 D
14.05.2017 Supe FC Basel FC Thun 3:3 D

ST GALLEN NEWS

As St Gallen can still move up a place in the table, a win over Basel could turn a disappointing season into a decent one. Sejad Salihovic and Nzuzi Toko are both out injured which could potentially hurt their chance of coming away with all 3 points.

Latest matches: FC St. Gallen

28.05.2017 Supe FC St. Gallen FC Sion 1:1 D
21.05.2017 Supe FC St. Gallen Grasshopper Club Zurich 4:1 W
16.05.2017 Supe FC Lugano FC St. Gallen 3:2 L
13.05.2017 Supe FC St. Gallen FC Vaduz 2:0 W
07.05.2017 Supe FC Lausanne-Sport FC St. Gallen 0:1 W

SUMMARY

With a party atmosphere at St. Jakob-Park, Basel will certainly be favourites heading into the last game of the season. The hosts will want to go out with a bang and could end up putting a few goals past St Gallen. St Gallen still have something to play for but Basel should have too much quality for them and Basel are fully expected to come away from the game with their 26th win of the season.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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