Date:19th May 18:00
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Basel and Thun will face off at the Stade de Suisse in the final of the Swiss Cup on Sunday.
As the season nears its end, this game is the only chance of any silverware for both sides. Basel are second in the Swiss Super League. Leaders Young Boys are 20 points above them, and they have clinched the league title. Basel will have to be content with second place, which will give them entry to the Champions League qualifiers. Thun in third place are a further 22 points behind, so second place is secured for Basel.
Basel last tasted league success in 2017 when they won the title. Last season they finished with no major honours, but they can change that this season. Only Thun stand between them and the Swiss Cup. Basel are on a great run, as they have lost just once in the last 24 games in all competitions. That defeat was a 3-1 loss against Young Boys a week ago. Last week they played Luzern in the league. Basel raced into a 3-0 lead and eventually claimed a 3-2 victory.
Basel defeated Zurich 3-1 in the Swiss Cup semi-final. They are in great form in front of goal, particularly in recent games. In five out of the last six games, they have scored three goals. The only anomaly was the defeat to Young Boys. Albian Ajeti is their top scorer in the league this season with 14 goals. Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a close second with 13 strikes to his name. This striking duo will share most of the attacking burden in the final.
Thun are in third place in the league currently. The teams in third and fourth place will play in the Europa League qualifiers next season. Thun have 43 points, and Zurich in fourth place have the same. St. Gallen, Lugano, Sion, and Luzern are the four teams below them and all four of them are within three points of Thun. With just two league games to go, Thun need to win both to make sure of their spot in the Europa League next season.
Thun are not in great form, as they have lost three out of the last four games. Zurich defeated them 3-0 in the league this week. That game was an important one in the Europa League qualification picture and Thun failed to make their mark. Thun have scored just twice in the last four games, and they have conceded eight goals in that time. They will be the underdogs in the final.
Thun vs Basel Tips, Predictions and Match Odds
Basel will fancy their chances of lifting the Swiss Cup, just like they did in 2017. They have been the superior side to Thun all season, and the same should continue on Sunday. Goals should be seen in this one, and expect more than 2.5 goals in the game. Basel should claim a comfortable victory, as their attack has looked great in recent weeks. Thun will give their best shot at the trophy, but Basel’s quality should prove to be too much for them.
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