The hosts have started the season in an excellent mood and form as they have collected all 9 points available, scoring 11 goals in 3 matches. They will play this prestigious derby match aiming to win at home as this is something which is expected from the start. There is a chance that match will be fairly open with both sides entering in good goal scoring form and looking to attack. Basel will line-up in a preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Safe and confident build-up from the back will be set with players trying to get out with passing possession even when highly pressed. Central defence could to be weakened in the absence of key player Suchy. If they go behind, they have more than enough quality and will to overturn the match. They will become more offensive minded, expect some positive changes from the bench which will see them increasing their presence in the attacking third. Despite there being enormously strong competition in attack, Janko is their key player on who they can rely. He scored two goals in Luzern, managing to overturn the result and bring the points back to Basel with some clinical finishing.
Young Boys are entering the match three points behind the hosts in the table and will be looking to avoid defeat here. Confidence and motivation are high following a success in the city derby last weekend so expect a fully determined team on the pitch. A draw is a valuable result although they will play to win as that is in their nature. They are expected to continue with the same 4-4-2 formation as usual but will take a much more balanced approach, as they are aware of Basel’s strength and form lately. They are well-settled and despite they are facing a strong side away from home they are unlikely to change their mentality or style, when in possession they will try to play open and expansive from the start.With both teams in great form, this could be a high scoring match Scoring first might result with them turning to a more counter attacking approach where they will use their key striker Hoarau as a target man when trying to set up quick shifts. Falling behind could be a problem; in all away matches they had difficulties when trying to get back in the match. They will take more risks and will be vulnerable on counters. Defence is not at its best as only Von Bergen, is a guaranteed starter.
Verdict & Prediction
Both teams will play for the win. Basel have started season with an impressive run, claiming all 9 points so far and the players will be fully motivated to stay unbeaten here. Confidence and mood of the visitors are also high as they secured a win in the city derby, reacting strongly after they were surprisingly defeated at home by Lugano. They will travel with big belief they can get a something out of the match in Basel as well.
Prediction: Over 3.00 goals
Odds: 1.98 12Bet