Need for misery is the appropriate motto for the encounter between the Grasshoppers and Sion. The hosts are already determined as relegated – a completely new experience for the record champion of the country, and the kicker from the Valais have also not convinced in recent weeks. Although Sion was able to stop a series of previously four bankruptcies last season, success against relegation-threatening Xamax Neuchatel was more than flattering. In a subterranean game, coach Murat Yakin’s team won 1-0 with a third-minute stoppage. It was Sion’s only direct shot on goal in the entire game …
Due to the very tight situation in the Swiss mini-league with ten clubs, everything is still there for the guests – from relegation to qualifying for the Europa League. In the upcoming match between Grasshoppers and Sion, the odds give the guests the role of favorites. A verdict that is understandable, of course, but the betting odds for a Sion win in our eyes are too low and thus offer little value. Instead, the Grasshoppers against Sion tip is that the last but very innocent guests offensive will shoot a maximum of two goals.
The 27-time champion is on a farewell tour in the Super League, as described at the end of the season as described at the beginning of the first gear in the second division. For some parts of the “fans”, this idea seems almost unbearable, as the tragedy on the penultimate weekend pointed out, when they stormed the place in the match in Lucerne and summarily demanded the delivery of the jerseys plus pants from their players. A behavior that represented a new low point in the already often by the Zurich supporters scandalous season. Coach Uli Forte, who took over the post last April from Tomislav Stipic, who again did the job for only about a month after he inherited Thorsten Fink in this capacity, could not turn his back on the problem in recent weeks at the GCZ are just too extreme and in all parts of the team.
This would be vorstest the offensive to name, which with 34 goals after 34 matchdays has clearly the worst performance in the Super League. But the defense carries in the case of the record champions actually their name just as wrongly: It has conceded to date 61 goals, and thus more than any other club in the upper house of Swiss football. A home bonus can not be made in the upcoming duel with Sion either: With four wins, three draws and the ten already double-digit number of defeats Zurich is also in this league at the bottom of the league. This year, the Grasshoppers have not even won a single home game victorious and instead booked a blamable yield of five bankruptcies and three draws.
In view of the mentioned weak offensive, which also does not make a good impression in the local Letzigrund, it is worthwhile taking a look at the quotas for a clean sheet of the guests at Grasshoppers against Sion. After all, Zurich looked back on his eight home games in 2019 in every second without own scoring and in the rest of the team met only once.
Even at Sion, it has not been around for quite some time. The two-time champions, in 1992 and 1997, remained in front of the poorly deserved threesome on the final day against Neuchatel for six rounds without victory, with no fewer than four defeats. Although the Young Boys and Basel were top opponents of the Super League as opponents as part of the flop, but this does not change the observable downtrend at Sion.
Coach Murat Yakin, who took the Swiss title twice in the mid-1990s as an active opponent, is likely to have been looking forward to not only over three key points in the relegation battle over Xamax but also through the Clean Sheet. After all, it was the first time since the end of March that Sion has conceded no goal. In addition to the last often shaky defense disappointed in the previous year’s but also the same storm these days: Only two goals in the last five rounds speak in this context, a clear language.