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Swiss Super League 2019/2020 season preview Football

Young Boys retains title with 8 games left

Swiss champion Young Boys has retained its title with eight matches still to play last season. Being crowned champion during the 29th round of games is the earliest for any Swiss Super league winner since the current 10-team, top-tier format was created in 2003. It's a second straight title, and 13th overall, for the Bern club which ended a 32-year wait two years ago. Young Boys will enter the Champions League in the playoffs in August, needing to advance through only that round to reach the group stage. Here is the short summary for the 2018/19 season:

  • Champions: Young Boys (Champions League play-off round)
  • Runners-up and Cup winners: Basel (Champions League QR2)
  • Third place: Lugano (UEFA Europa League group stage)
  • Fourth place: Thun (UEFA Europa League QR3)
  • Fifth place: Luzern (UEFA Europa League QR2)
  • Promoted: Servette
  • Relegated: Grasshoppers
TeamTitles14/1515/1616/1717/1818/19
Basel2011122
Servette17-----
Young Boys1322211
Zurich12310-47
Lugano3-9383
Sion275468
St. Gallen267756
Xamax2----9
Luzern153535
Thun-46674

The table shows the overall number of titles for each club in Swiss Super League since the 1897/98 season and their league standings in the last five campaigns.

Sion appoint Stephane Henchoz as new manager

Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz has been appointed coach of Sion. The former Switzerland center back was given a one-year contract with an option for a second campaign. At the end of last season, Henchoz coached Xamax in six games, collecting nine points, but the struggling club have decided not to retain him. The 44-year-old played 135 league games over six seasons at Liverpool between 1999 and 2005 after moving from Blackburn. Henchoz also earned 72 caps for Switzerland between 1993 and 2006, appearing at Euro 96 and Euro 2004.

This page is introduction to the 2019/2020 Swiss Super League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Switzerland page.

#TeamPtsGDW-D-L
1Young Boys916329-4-3
2Basel712520-11-5
3Lugano46110-16-10
4Thun46-112-10-14
5Luzern46-514-4-18
6St Gallen46-913-7-16
7Zurich44-911-11-14
8Sion43-512-7-17
9Xamax37-219-10-17
10Grasshoppers25-395-10-21

Swiss Super League standings for the 2018/2019 season.

Basel favourites

Young Boys will be aiming to retain the league crown and the bookmakers have every confidence that they will win the competition this season. Their main title rivals will be Basel.

TeamOddsTeamOdds
Young Boys1.57St Gallen81
Basel2.5Thun101
Zurich17Lugano101
Sion41Servette151
Luzern51Xamax251

Preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2019/20 Swiss football league.

Swiss Cup finals in last five seasons

2019   Basel - Thun   2:1  
2018   Zurich - Young Boys   2:1
2017   Basel - Sion   3:0
2016   Zurich - Lugano   1:0
2015   Sion - Basel   3:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Basel

Goalkeeper Jonas Omlin (4); Defense: Eder Balanta (4.5), Silvan Widmer (4.5), Raoul Petretta (2.5); Midfield: Noah Okafor (8), Luca Zuffi (3), Taulant Xhaka (2.5), Samuele Campo (2.5), Kevin Bua (2.3); Forward: Albian Ajeti (7), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (2.5).

Lugano

Goalkeeper Noam Baumann (2); Defense: Numa Lavanchy (1), Fabio Daprela (0.9), Eloge Yao (0.8); Midfield: Mattia Bottani (1.5), Marco Aratore (1.3), Sandi Lovric (1), Domen Crnigoj (1), Balint Vecsei (1); Forward: Carlinhos Junior (3), Alexander Gerndt (1).

Luzern

Goalkeeper Marius Muller (0.5); Defense: Stefan Knezevic (1.5), Silvan Sidler (1), Otar Kakabadze (1); Midfield: Idriz Voca (3), Marvin Schulz (2), Pascal Schurpf (1.3), Tsiy William Ndenge (1); Forward: Blessing Eleke (4), Francesco Margiotta (1), Shkelqim Demhasaj (1).

Servette

Goalkeeper Joel Kiassumbua (0.5); Defense: Vincent Sasso (1.5), Anthony Sauthier (0.7), Steve Rouiller (0.6); Midfield: Kastriot Imeri (1), Miroslav Stevanovic (0.9), Varol Tasar (0.8), Gael Ondoua (0.7), Boris Cespedes (0.5); Forward: Mychell Chagas (0.7), Koro Kone (0.6).

Sion

Goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin (2.3); Defense: Raphael Rossi (1.8), Quentin Maceiras (1), Ayoub Abdellaoui (0.9); Midfield: Pajtim Kasami (3), Adryan (2.8), Bastien Toma (2.5), Anto Grgic (2.3), Xavier Kouassi (1.3), Valon Behrami (1); Forward: Roberts Uldrikis (1).

St. Gallen

Goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic (0.6); Defense: Silvan Hefti (2.5), Leonidas Stergiou (0.8), Nicolas Luchinger (0.8), Vincent Rufli (0.6), Musah Nuhu (0.5); Midfield: Dereck Kutesa (1.8), Axel Bakayoko (1.8), Jordi Quintilla (1); Forward: Cedric Itten (1.3), Jeremy Guillemenot (0.5).

Thun

Goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre (0.4); Defense: Roy Gelmi (1), Nicola Sutter (0.9), Miguel Rodrigues (0.8); Midfield: Matteo Tosetti (1.8), Basil Stillhart (1.5), Gregory Karlen (1), Dennis Hediger (0.8), Dennis Salanovic (0.8); Forward: Dejan Sorgic (1.5), Simone Rapp (1).

Xamax

Goalkeeper Matthias Minder (0.3); Defense: Arbenit Xhemajli (0.8), Janick Kamber (0.8), Mike Gomes (0.6), Andre Neitzke (0.5); Midfield: Thibault Corbaz (0.6), Pietro Di Nardo (0.5), Charles-Andre Doudin (0.5), Liridon Mulaj (0.5); Forward: Raphael Nuzzolo (0.8), Taulant Seferi (0.5).

Young Boys

Goalkeeper David von Ballmoos (2.5); Defense: Jordan Lotomba (4.5), Mohamed Camara (3), Fabian Lustenberger (2.5); Midfield: Christian Fassnacht (5), Marvin Spielmann (5), Michel Aebischer (4.5), Miralem Sulejmani (4.5), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (3.8); Forward: Roger Assale (7.5), Jean-Pierre Nsame (4.5).

Zurich

Goalkeeper Yanick Brecher (1); Defense: Kevin Ruegg (6), Levan Kharabadze (1.3), Mirlind Kryeziu (1); Midfield: Mimoun Mahi (3), Benjamin Kololli (2.8), Hekuran Kryeziu (1.8), Denis Popovic (1.5), Toni Domgjoni (1.5), Antonio Marchesano (1); Forward: Assan Ceesay (0.7).