Soccer: Swiss Cup: Five Roman derbies to watch this Saturday


SoccerSwiss Cup: Five French-language derbies will be shown this Saturday

This second day of the first round will culminate in the Trois-Chêne stadium, where CS Chênois will host FC Sion from 5:30 p.m.

Coach Paolo Tramezzani must ensure his players don’t fall into CS Chênois’ trap.


The Trois Chêne stadium will be the scene of the most awaited clash this Saturday. A first round of the Swiss Cup that looks like a “revival” as Radu Nunweiler’s CS Chênois, then at LNB, had managed the feat of departing on 6 November 1993 at the end of an unbearable tension that ended in a penalty shoot-out , which was one of the best FC Sion in history at the time with its many international matches.

Does David Joye’s team have the means to do it again? For that, the magic that sometimes accompanies the trophy must take place in the Geneva stands. Because the three levels that separate the two clubs today and the very pleasing start to the championship that the Sédunois have made do not necessarily make Trois-Chêne optimistic. Not to mention that Christian Constantin was in charge of FC Sion 29 years ago. And that he doesn’t want to experience the same nightmare again.

Bavois – Yverdon Sport (4 p.m.)

Among the four other derbies in French-speaking Switzerland scheduled for this Saturday, Bavois-Yverdon is another very attractive showcase. If the two northern Vaud neighbors are pursuing diametrically opposed performance curves in their championship – while the guest has started rather successfully in the Challenge League, his hosts have not yet scored a single point in the Promotion League – the clash with the poplars may look more indecisive than it seems.

“The will to create the exploit is definitely there,” explains FCB boss Jean-Michel Viquerat. In Bavois, the absences of Bühler and Dzeljadini will force coach Bekim Uka to put together a new central defence. Very bad news for Yverdon: the long-term injury of Hugo Fargues, who tore a cruciate ligament in his left knee against Wil a week ago. We shouldn’t see the midfielder back at the Municipal Stadium until next season.

Portalban/Gletterens – Grand-Saconnex (5.30 p.m.)

The two first division newcomers Portalban/Gletterens and Grand-Saconnex (5.30 p.m.) have the same hope of reaching this milestone in order to present themselves with a more attractive poster next September. Having started better in the league (a win in one defeat versus two defeats by the opposition), however, the Genevans have to move in a field where winning is never easy, even if Freiburg lost there at the beginning of the season Vevey-Sport is the big favorite for promotion.

Saxon – Meyrin (6 p.m.)

Saxon (2nd division) has qualified for this main round thanks to its recent victory in the Valais Cup and will face the difficult task against Meyrin (1st division). Especially since the Valais only start in the championship next weekend, while the Genevans, who are among the best teams in their category, already have two games in their legs. They also easily defeated Sion II 3-0 last Saturday.

Italian CS – SLO (20 h)

The last Roman duel of the day takes place on the small pitch of Bois-de-la Bâtie, where the Italian CS (2nd Interliga) hosts Stade-Lausanne-Ouchy. Here, too, the people of Geneva would have to outdo each other and experience their opponents for a day without experiencing a small sensation for us. Like all teams in the amateur leagues, Italy’s CS were only entitled to friendly matches to prepare for the arrival of a side who had made a good start to the Challenge League at the Samaranch Stadium despite their recent defeat by Schaffhausen. All the more reason for Anthony Braizat’s players not to take this match lightly.

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