Basel take on the visitors Sion in the first round match of Swiss top division. The match will be played at St. Jacob Park on Sunday, July 24th.
Basel have no competitors in domestic league for the last two season. The title of 2016/16 champions was taken with 83 points and 88-38 aggregate goal difference in 36 matches. The second team in the league came 14 points behind. Bales had intensive pre-season, which turned out as quite disappointment as today’s hosts haven’t won a single match, taking two draws (1-1 with Munich 1860 and 3-3 with Wolfsburg) and four defeats (2-4 to St. Gallen, 2-3 to Lausanne, 1-4 to Zenit and 0-1 to Monaco).
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Sion finished on fifth place in the standings last season with 50 points and 52-49 aggregate goal difference. The team failed to qualify to Europa League after they took only three points in their last four matches of previous season. The visiting side played four sparrings this summer, beating Lausanne, 4-2, Zenit, 3-1, drawing with Monaco, 3-3 and losing to PSV, 1-2.
Basel have advantage in recent head-to-head record between the opponents as Sion couldn’t win any of their last five meetings in a row. We can expect the hosts to start defending their title with confident performance in the match against mid-table team and prove critics wrong after awful pre-season.
Prediction for the match: Basel to win.