FC Basle look for revenge

Mon 15 Jul by Mark Gleeson


Slowly, week after week, the various top leagues in Europe are kicking off for the new season and this weekend sees the start of the new season in both Switzerland and Poland.In Switzerland, FC Basle have been well and truly dethroned after winning the league for eight successive seasons. That dominance ended when Young Boys Berne were crowned champions at the end of the 2017-18 season with a runaway 15-point advantage, ending their 32-year wait to win the Swiss league.They did it again last season with Basle again runners-up and 20 points behind. That begs the obvious question whether the runaway Young Boys train can be caught this time.Gerardo Seoane is the youthful Young Boys coach, who guided them to last season’s runaway triumph. His success had him linked with a possible move to the Bundesliga in neighbouring Germany but he has decided to stay put.The odds are firmly on Young Boys claiming a third successive title. “They are a much under estimated side and would do well in the Bundesliga,” said Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hutter after a pre-season friendly last weekend.Basel are away at Sion in Friday’s opening game, which will offer an early indication of their potential this season.
Young Boys kick off on Sunday at home to promoted Servette Geneva.In Poland last season Piast Gliwce won the title for the first time, led by Tom Hateley - son of former AC Milan and England striker Mark.The success of Gliwice, a provincial side based in the south of the country, was on a par with what Leicester City did in England a few seasons back.Legia Warsaw had won three successive Polish titles before that and are fancied to claim back their crown this season.
Denmark began their new soccer season last weekend with the rivalry between FC Copenhagen and FC Midtjylland expected to take centre stage again, although Brondby are also likely to be in the mix.All three play again this weekend and their matches are included in TAB’s range of soccer pools. On the face of it all of them should win.

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