FC Basel are well on their way to claiming the 2016/17 Swiss Super League title, having pulled ahead of their division rivals. Having won the competition every year since FC Zurich claimed the 2008/09 title, should they go on to finish top this term, they will have won the Swiss Super League on eight consecutive occasions.
Given their might, that is the most likely outcome, meaning we can now turn our attention to the 2017/18 Swiss Super League campaign.
The tournament, known as the Raiffeisen Super League, will follow the same format as previous seasons, with a total of 10 teams competing for the title. Due to the small number of participating teams, the Swiss league differs to the double round-robin system regularly used across Europe. Instead, each team plays each other four times over the course of the campaign, resulting in 36 games for each side.
Likewise, Swiss football will get underway earlier than most leagues, beginning in late July, which allows for a two month long winter break between December and February. The final round of fixtures is set to be played in late May or early June.
Basel will be hoping to take their impressive run of victories to nine, but which sides are favourite to prevail?
Given their success over the last decade, it is hard to see anybody other than FC Basel taking the Swiss Super League title next season.
The current champions have been miles ahead of their opposition in terms of points over the last two seasons and it would take a huge slip up if they are to concede their title for atleast another few years. Although, with Champions League payments boosting their bank balance, providing them with yet another advantage over their rivals clubs, they could keep this impressive run going for many, many years.
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While Basel are dominating Swiss football right now, their fantastic spell must come to an end sooner or later. Should that happen next season, Young Boys will undoubtedly be waiting to pounce on the top spot.
Despite a blip in the 2012/13 season, the Swiss club have been steadily rebuilding over the last five years. The arrival of Adi Hutter proved to be a big hit and they have since regained their place as Switzerland’s second best side. They are still some way behind Basel at the moment, but they are certainly heading in the right direction.
Like Young Boys, Luzern suffered a blip in 2011/12 which was undoubtedly one of the lowest points in the club’s recent history. However, they have since regained their place among Switzerland’s best sides.
They are always among the sides competing for the league’s second Champions League spot, but they have so far been unable to rise above Young Boys. With momentum building, Luzern could take their game to the next level in 2017/18.