Grasshoppers are entering this cup quarter-finals with high expectations, as they hold the first place Challenge League leaving their closest Thun with four points in deficit, and will most likely find themselves among the Swiss elite in the next season.
They did quite all right in their last clash on the road to Schaffhausen when they managed to record a routine 0:2 victory, looking good in the offense during the first part when both of their goals were scored.
They opted for a more defensive approach in the continuation, and even though the hosts created several decent opportunities, it wasn’t enough to overcome the well-modded goalkeeper of the visitors in this one.
The guests can’t count at right-backs Buur (8/0), Nadjack (3/0), and offensive midfielder Morandi (13/2).
St. Gallen appeared quite passive in their last away match against favored Young Boys, and it wasn’t surprising that they suffered a defeat with a 2:0 result.
Both sides approached the first part looking a bit reserved, but in the second, the guests were completely outplayed in almost every aspect. They conceded two in total, first in the 62nd, and another one later on in the 83rd, thus suffering a defeat in a match where they showed very little.
St. Gallen is currently at 7th spot in the rankings, having only one point more than play-out-placed Vaduz.
The hosts will miss central back Letard (6/0), right-back Krauchi (20/1), and left midfielder Traore (17/0) due to injuries.
Not much of quality gap
As mentioned in the headline, there is no significant quality difference between these two, despite the fact that they are coming from two different leagues. Grasshoppers are on a good path to promotion, while St. Gallen will surely have to battle for survival in Super League.
Even though it is very difficult to predict an outcome of this one, I am pretty sure that the open match is ahead of us, as this is practically the only chance for the guests to improve this season, while the hosts certainly have the means to respond in case of a conceded goal.