Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
A spot in the Conference League knockout stages will be at stake when Pyunik Yerevan and Basel go head to head at Republican Stadium on Thursday evening. Pyunik aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Zalgiris and Slovan Bratislava, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Rotblau. Both Alan Aussi and Zoran Gajic remain in the treatment room, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Swiss outfit, on the other hand, dropped a two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Zalgiris, but they are still one point away from securing their spot in the knockout stages. Basel are a more experienced side than Pyunik Yerevan, and we predict that Alexander Frei’s troops are going to seal the victory on the break. All Calafiori, Lopez, and Tushi are out of contention with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Michael Lang):
Standing tall at 1.85 m, Michael Lang is a Swiss international defender who has gone through all ranks of the Switzerland national team to earn his senior call-up in 2013. Michael Jang began his professional career playing for FC St. Gallen where he spent five years before he moved to Grasshopper. During his four-year spell with the club he racked up 127 league appearances and scored 12 goals.
In 2015 Lang joined FC Basel on a free transfer, for whom he scored his first goal against the old club Grasshoppers only a week after his arrival. Michael Lang made 22 Swiss Super League appearance during the title winning season 2015-16, making an important contribution to his club’s 19th championship title in history.
During that time the 25-year-old Swiss international also managed to bag five goals for his club, which is regarded as a considerable tally for a defender. Having gone into the new season with two goals to his name already, Lang is expected to play a significant part in his team’s UEFA Champions League challenge.
Highlighted Team (Basel):
One of the most successful football clubs in Switzerland, FC Basel were founded in 1893. The RotBlau as they are referred to by the Swiss play their games at the St. Jacob Park in Basel in front of 37,500 people which is the maximum capacity of the venue.
The 19-time Swiss champions have endured difficult times in 1980s which ultimately led to relegation from the top flight in 1987. FC Basel returned to the top tier of Swiss football in 2000s to win their first league title in 22 years and go on to win it nine more times over 13 seasons since 2002. The golden times for FC Basel brought European inclusion in every season since 1999-2000 with a pinnacle being the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2012-13.
The RotBlau have so far played over 95 UEFA Champions League games, winning almost half of their European outings. The Swiss club has produced plenty of talented players who went on to become prominent footballers all across Europe with Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka being the most outstanding members of the latest generation.