Sunday 27 May

FC Zurich vs Young Boys - Match Preview

26 May 2018 Ed Mackey SWITZERLAND: Schweizer Cup
SWITZERLAND: Schweizer Cup

FC Zurich

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
12:00 GMT
27 May 2018

Young Boys Bern

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
12:00 GMT 27 May 2018

The Swiss Super League season is over and Young Boys got their hands on the title after winning it by 15 points. They will be hoping to complete the domestic double on Sunday as they face FC Zurich in the Swiss Cup Final.

STATS

  • It’s been quite an incredible season for Zurich as they have secured a place in the Europa League just a year after they being promoted from the Challenge League. They knocked out Thun and Grasshopper in the quarter and semi-final on the way. The came from a goal down in the last round and had to rely on a last-minute winner to see them through in emphatic style.
  • Young Boys went one better than they did in the 2016/17 campaign as they went from runners-up to champions. They also knocked out last season’s Swiss Cup winners, Basel in the semi-final in February. Two second-half goals in the space of 10 minutes confirmed their place in this year’s final and a great chance at lifting the trophy.
  • Michael Frey was Zurich’s leading scorer in the league with 12 goals, he’ll be relied on as the main attacking threat on Sunday.
  • Young Boys have five players that have scored 10 or more goals in the Swiss Super League this term. Guillaume Hoarau got the most in the team with 15, only one player scored more in the league.

HEAD TO HEAD

The head-to-head records don’t make good reading for Zurich fans as they have failed to beat Young Boys in their last seven encounters. Of the four meetings in the league since August, there was one draw and three Young Boys wins, all of which by just one goal. Sunday’s underdogs have scored just twice in their last six fixtures against Young Boys. Zurich will take confidence from the fact that they’ve lost one of their 10 finals in this competition while Young Boys have lost seven of their 13.

ZURICH NEWS

Zurich have won this cup nine times so they’re no strangers to a Swiss Cup final. However, they have seven injured players and one suspended for the match. Kevin Rüegg and Victor Pálsson both picked up knocks a couple of weeks ago and aren’t expected to return.

Latest matches: FC Zurich

19.05.2018 Supe FC Lugano FC Zurich 1:1 D
13.05.2018 Supe FC Zurich FC Basel 4:1 W
09.05.2018 Supe FC Thun FC Zurich 0:1 W
06.05.2018 Supe FC Zurich FC Lausanne-Sport 1:1 D
29.04.2018 Supe FC Zurich FC Sion 3:3 D

YOUNG BOYS NEWS

The last time Young Boys won this was back in 1987 and now would be the perfect time for them to end that 31-year wait for another. Kevin Mbabu is just one of their four injured players for the huge game.

Latest matches: Young Boys Bern

19.05.2018 Supe Grasshopper Club Zurich Young Boys Bern 1:2 W
13.05.2018 Supe Young Boys Bern FC Lugano 3:1 W
10.05.2018 Supe FC Basel Young Boys Bern 5:1 L
05.05.2018 Supe FC Sion Young Boys Bern 0:1 W
28.04.2018 Supe Young Boys Bern FC Luzern 2:1 W

SUMMARY

Based on performances in the league this season, it should be Young Boys who are huge favourites but on cup history, Zurich should win. Nine Swiss Cup final wins and just one loss provide a boost for Zurich while the fact that Young Boys last won it in the 80s will also bring confidence. It could easily go to extra-time but Young Boys do hold the advantage.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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