Last weekend was the scheduled start to the second half of the Swiss Super League. Due to the weather, however, three of the five games had to be pushed backwards. Two catch-up games were already completed this week. The championship fight brings no more tension, but the remaining places are highly competitive. This weekend, the highly anticipated Zurich derby between FC Zurich and Grasshoppers will take place in the banking city of Zurich!
Today’s Betting Tips FC Zurich vs Grasshoppers
The current situation in the table can not cause much euphoria either with the “FCZ” or “GC”. Both teams have fallen far short of expectations and botched the start into the 2019 calendar year with a clear defeat. Accordingly, the city derby offers the chance to forget about this failed start, while the loser in this derby can already welcome the first crisis in 2019. In the derby between FC Zurich and the Grasshoppers, according to odds, the hosts are the clear favorite. For the victory of FC Zurich odds in the range of 1.65 are offered. The start of the game in Letzigrund is on Saturday evening at 19 clock.
FC Zurich – Statistics & Current Form
19 games, six wins, seven draws, six defeats – this balance can be confidently called completely balanced. With this statistic, Europa League Starter FC Zurich is currently fifth in the Super League. The big goal of the season, second place behind the champions Young Boys, is already eight points away. After all, the gap to the new Europa League starting place four only one meter. It missed the “FCZ” on Wednesday evening in the catch-up game of the past weekend to consolidate this fourth place. In the aspens of the FC Sankt Gallen lack of visibility in heavy fog.
FCZ head coach Ludovic Magnin attested after the game his team a good match until the goal to 0: 1. Stupid only that this goal had to be taken already in minute 13. Magnin was by no means satisfied with his own performance. After 54 minutes he had to leave the coaching zone due to persistent criticism and was sent to the stands. It was not better and finally lost the FCZ the first competitive match in 2019 with 1: 3. A disappointing performance after Magnin praised the preparation to the top.
Once again, it has been shown in a duel against FC Sankt Gallen that a goal to 0: 1 is almost synonymous with the defeat for FC Zurich. So far, the Magnin team has only been able to score two points this season when the opponent scored the first goal. Comeback qualities look different. Hope, however, is the fact that the last Super League victory in the derby against the Grasshoppers succeeded. The last four league games remained the FCZ without complete success. Given these statistics, in the derby between FC Zurich vs Grasshoppers the odds of home victory are questionable.
Expected formation of FC Zurich:
Crushers – Kharabadze, Maxsö, Bangura, Untersee – Kryeziu, Domgjoni – Kololli, Schönbächler, Khelifi – Odey
Last matches from FC Zurich:
- 06.02.2019 – St. Gallen Vs. FC Zurich 3: 1 (Super League)
- 27.01.2019 – FC Zurich vs. Flora Tallinn 4: 1 (Friendlies)
- 19.01.2019 – FC Zurich vs. Səbail 1: 1 (Friendlies)
- 18.01.2019 – CFR Cluj vs.. FC Zurich 2: 1 (Friendlies)
- 15.01.2019 – Dresden vs. FC Zurich 2: 1 (Friendlies)
Grasshoppers – Statistics & Current Form
0: 4 lost and still spray optimism? Seems not really logical – but has happened in the case of Grasshoppers last weekend. As one of only two games, the duel between GC and FC Basel could take place according to plan. The result speaks volumes and the Grasshoppers were simply overwhelmed by their own audience. However, it must also be noted that almost a U21 team was on the field at GC. Seven actors were 21 years or younger. In addition, Arlind Ajeti saw the yellow-red card early on. At the latest after the exclusion in minute 26, GC had no chance.
But Thorsten Fink looked optimistic about the future, despite the fact that his side did not score very well. The potential and talent in the squad are huge, but at the same time he also demanded routine reinforcements that can lead this young team. On Thursday afternoon it was announced that Yoric Ravet returns to Switzerland. The former YBB player is loaned by SC Freiburg. The 29-year-old is one of the desired reinforcements and could come in the derby for the first time for a (short) use. With the Ajeti lock Cedric Zesiger (20), another youngster will slip into the root formation.
The talent is by no means to deny the young boy team, but the primary goal in the spring of 2019 must be the league. As current ninth this would mean the transition to the relegation. A pressure situation that is not easy for the many young players to master. Football-wise, the Fink-Elf is currently beaten under certain value. As a visiting team GC did not convince so far and looks back on a catastrophic 1-2-6 balance. The game in Letzigrund can not necessarily be called as an away game.
Expected formation of Grasshoppers:
Lindner – Gjorgiev, Rhyner, Zesiger, Kastrati – Diani – Morandi, Bajrami, Holzhauser, Sukacev – Pinga
Last matches from Grasshoppers:
- 03.02.2019 – Grasshoppers vs. FC Basel 0: 4 (Super League)
- 24.01.2019 – Grasshoppers vs. Chemnitz 2: 2 (Friendlies)
- 22.01.2019 – Grasshoppers vs. Vendsyssel 3: 0 (Friendlies)
- 20.01.2019 – Grasshoppers vs. Dresden 0: 0 (friendlies)
FC Zurich vs Grasshoppers Direct comparison
The big city derby in the Swiss banking city of Zurich has a long history. Many scandals already wrote this prestigious city duel. Omnipresent is the “shame of Zurich” from October 2011, when the game had to be stopped after 77 minutes, as FCZ fans threw a magnesium torch into the fan block of GC. After that, no spectators were allowed for a while. Spectators may now return to the Letzigrund, but the duel is a high-security game for the executive. From a sporting point of view, the FCZ has taken over the city this year. Both previous seasons have been won 2-0 – the Fink team is waiting for the first Derby goal and the first point win against FCZ in the 2018/19 season. Prior to this season, the Grasshoppers had a strong 4-2-1 record.
FC Zurich vs Grasshoppers Free Betting Tips
Derby Time as compensation. The winner of this explosive duel may well be able to ignite a euphoria, the losers wait unpleasant weeks. The crisis would intensify because both teams are currently far behind their own expectations. FC Zurich certainly acts even stronger; Nevertheless, this clear favorite role is questionable. The best odds in the derby between FC Zurich and the Grasshoppers for the tip on the home win are at a 1.67!
Key facts – FC Zurich vs. Grasshoppers tips
Disappointing performance against St. Gallen – FCZ win four league games!
FC Zurich celebrated two 2-0 wins in the first two derbies so far!
Blutjung – the average age of the root formation is around 21 years!
The FCZ disappointed completely against St. Gallen. Especially the defensive lacked the basic order and the aspens had many chances to score. The same was true of the Grasshoppers, who were completely overwhelmed with the blood boy – almost a U21 team. A similar picture is expected on Saturday in the city duel. Talent is abundant on both sides. The quality is also there to reach a podium place in Switzerland. But the constancy is missing and accordingly we expect a few chances on the score. Instead of a tip on the three-way market, we see between FC Zurich and the Grasshoppers at the tip on the over 2.5 (odds 1.73) more value.
Betting Tips: Over 2.5 goals