The Swiss Super League has already begun and FC Basel have not had the best of starts to this campaign. They have played twice and drew both.
FC Basel will be keen to see out the tie against Crusaders in the second leg of their Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday night. The Swiss side will undoubtedly be the favourites in the second round qualifying clash on Thursday due to their 2-0 victory at home last week in the first leg. The Northern Irish outfit were unable to take advantage of Basel going a man down midway in the first half. Then the hosts recovered from Taulant Xhaka’s sending off to score twice through Dan Ndoye and Adam Szalai. As a result, Crusaders now have a mountain to climb in the second leg.
|Crusaders vs FC Basel||Key Details|
|Date||28 July, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||12:30 am (Friday)|
|Kickoff time Northern Ireland||8 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time Switzerland||9 pm|
The Swiss Super League has already begun and FC Basel have not had the best of starts to this campaign. They have played twice and drew both matches to sit sixth in the table, with just two points from two games. Having blown the chance to take advantage of the sending off in the first leg, Crusaders now have a massive task at hand. They have experience of overcoming a deficit as they did in the first qualifying round when they got past Magpies after losing the opening leg earlier this month. However, their current task is a much more difficult one, hence they have to be at the top of their game to get anything out of the upcoming clash.
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FC Basel will miss a lot of players due to injury concerns or suspension for this clash. Starting with Xhaka, who is suspended for this match, Kasim Adams will also be ineligible on Thursday. Besides, they have a lot of players out injured. Kaly Sene and Jean-Kevin Augustin will likely be joined in the sidelines by Emmanuel Essiam, Anton Kade and Hugo Vogel. It will be interesting to see how the manager finds suitable replacements for them. Meanwhile, Crusaders will have a difficult job at hand to overcome this deficit. Hence they could start this clash with an attacking line-up to make life difficult for Basel.
Crusaders possible line-up: Tuffey, Hegarty, O’Rourke, Burns, Larmour, Kennedy, Weir, Lowry, Heatley, Forsythe, McMurray
Basel possible line-up: Hitz, Lopez, Comas, Pelmard, Padula, Burger, Males, Frei, Ndoye, Ltaief, Szalai
The Europa Conference League qualifying match between Crusaders and FC Basel will take place at Seaview Stadium on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
The live coverage of the upcoming Europa Conference League qualifying match between Crusaders and FC Basel will be streamed live on SRF online. Further details can be found on their official website.