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Preview: FC Zurich vs. Hearts - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Thursday’s Europa League match between FC Zurich and Hearts, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

swiss champion FC Zurich face scottish costume Hearts First leg at Kivenpark in St Gallen european league Thursday night playoffs.

FCZ beat Linfield in the second leg to secure safe passage into the stage. Meanwhile, the visitor will take part in his first European qualifier since his 2016-17 campaign.

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FC Zurich have made nine appearances so far this season, but have only won two in the previous round of Europa League qualifiers against Northern Ireland’s Linfield.

After winning the first leg 2-0 in Belfast, they won comfortably 3-0 in the reverse fixture last week. Donis Avdijay Decide on braces within the first 25 minutes. Ivan Santini Coming off the bench, they won 5-0 on aggregate in the closing stages.

Franco FordaHowever, the Swiss Super League champions struggled at home as they failed to win their first five games, scoring only once and conceding 10 goals in the process. was given.

A 1-1 draw with newly promoted Winterthur on Sunday saw FCZ sit bottom of the table, nine points behind leaders Young Boys, who won 4-0 in the first weekend of their new campaign.

Zurich are hoping for better success against Hearts on Thursday as they move one step closer to qualifying for the Europa League group stage for the first time since the 2016/17 season.

Hearts Manager Robbie Neilson January 26, 2022© Reuters

After a successful pre-season, winning five and drawing one of their seven friendships over the summer, Hearts are off to an unbeaten start to the new Scottish Premiership season, trailing a possible nine to seven. won.

A 1-1 draw in the Edinburgh Derby with Hibernian – a game that led until the 95th minute – was sandwiched between 2-1 and 4-1 victories over Ross County and Dundee United respectively.

Lawrence Shankland, Barry McKay, Jorge Grant When Josh Guinnery They were all on the scoresheet against Tangerines last weekend, and the result moved them to third in the table behind Glaswegian giants Celtic and Rangers.

Hearts will face the former in the top flight next weekend, but first all eyes should be on the first leg of Europa League qualifying against Zurich. Robbie NeilsonA team aiming to advance to the group stage for the first time in history.

Jam Tarts have reached the play-off rounds of the Europa League twice, in 2011-12 and 2012-13, but both times they were beaten by English giants Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

FC Zurich Europa League form:

FC Zurich form (all competitions):

Heart Form (all tournaments):

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Craig Gordon of Hearts, January 26, 2022© Reuters

With FC Zurich currently in good health, Foda will be picking the best team for Thursday.

striker Tosin Aiegun However, the reason for his absence is currently unknown, and it remains to be seen if he will feature against Hearts.

Foda could decide to make one change at center midfield. Ole Sernes Potentially replace age 36 Blelim Jemaili He recently recovered from an injury.

italy international Wilfried Nyonto Also, Santini or Antonio Marchesano.

Regarding the heart Alex Cochrane When Craig Hackett Both suffered injuries last weekend, but Neilson said he expects both players to be available for selection on Thursday.

Neilson, Cochrane, Hacklett, Kai Rawls When Michael Smith Set to stay intact while defending the 39-year-old goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Liam BoyceThe club’s top scorer with 16 strikes last season, he will support Shankland’s offense. Alan Forrest And McKay was able to keep their place on the flank.

Candidates for FC Zurich’s starting XI:
Blecher; Camberi, Clyezieu, Arity. Bolanijasevic, Sernes, Conde and Guerrero. Marchesano, Gnont.Avdijay

Hearts possible starting line-up:
Gordon; Smith, Rawls, Halkett, Cochrane. Grant, Haring. Forrest, Boyce, McKay.Shankland

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FC Zurich 1-1 Hearts

Despite a two-leg win over Linfield, Zurich’s domestic form is a legitimate concern for the Swiss side heading into Thursday’s contest, with Hearts off to a bright start in their top-flight campaign. increase.

Nonetheless, a fierce battle is set to take place in St. Gallen, and we can see the loot being shared on this occasion.

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