It’s time for the second international break this season… It’s a really good time to analyze, one by one, the 10 Super League’s teams. To understand what did work and what didn’t work. To see the most in-form player and, obviously, to have a look at a couple of statistics.
Sion are schizophrenic. Sion are outstanding, a show to watch. Sion are poor. Sion have huge potential. Sion are pure passion. Sion are pure depression.
Nothing new, right? Either you love this team or you hate it!
Once again in Valais they replaced the coach. Just for a change, you know… Maurizio Jacobacci was fired on mid-September after a third consecutive defeat and Murat Yakin was appointed the new first team coach. Was it the right choice? Was it the wrong choice? Only time will tell. One thing is sure though… Overall, results have been below expectations so far.
WHAT DID WORK
EARLY STAGES OF THE SEASON
Sion got off to a decent start of the season. It’s true that the Sédunois lost against Lugano on the seasonal debut (even though, they outplayed the Bianconeri). But during the first couple of games, the boys back then under Maurizio Jacobacci delivered some very good attacking-minded and entertaining performances! In spite of everything, it means that the team has got quality. Without forgetting that the Sédunois so many times outplayed their opponents. Not for nothing, they’re among the most dominant side of the league.
There is no lack of talended players. Sion changed a lot last summer (as usual) but can count on many interesting players. Skilled players, physically solid players and also players capable of gifting the fans with moment of magic football that are showstoppers. All this considered, obviously the current table position – the Sédunois are 7th placed – does not satisfy the board and the fans. And it doesn’t really matter that the Super League table is extremely tight and so it’s potentially quite easy to improve the position.
(THE RECENT) DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY
Sion were quite solid defensively during the last couple of games. The team conceded little or nothing to its opponents and this is something that bodes well for the future. It’s not really a surprise after all… We all know that Murat Yakin always sets to stabilize the defense as his nr. 1 priority when he joins a new club. Let’s see if this is only a “flash in the pan” or if the Sédunois from now on can really count on a rock-solid defense for the rest of the season.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK
When Sion are good, they are really good. In fact, they can totally outplay their opponents. But when Sion are bad… god, they are really bad and their fans can just cry! It seems like there is not a middle ground. The players were inconsistent and not determined enough all too often… in fact, they have been irritating sometimes. This has to change in order to avoid other underperformances.
The pressure is high around Sion. It has always been so and will never change. The truth, however, is that this pressure – also considering the young age of many players – is reflected in the home record which is catastrophic. Sion earned only 3 points in their 4 home games. In fact, they have the worst home record of the Super League. It’s not good enough, regardless of the performances delivered at the Tourbillon that sometimes have been decent.
We said that Sion improved in defense during the last couple of games. Overall, however, Sion’s defense was not solid enough. The Sédunois had only 1 cleansheet… and also the goalkeepers performances were not brilliant. Anton Mitryushkin is obviously not easy to replace. The hope is that recent improvements will be confirmed in the medium-long term. Otherwise, it’s gonna be difficult to have a good season.
THE PLAYER “ON FIRE”
Anto Grgic is Sion’s midfield soul. He missed a couple of games since he got injured and the team paid a high price because of his absence… The 21years old Swiss is a perfect mix of quality and quantity. Moreover, also when the Sédunois underperformed, he always put his heart and soul into the games. We’re pretty sure that the fans appreciated his attitude.
Sion are currently 7th placed with 10 points… put it like that, it’s a disaster. However, the Super League table is darn tight. Suffice it to say that the current 2nd placed Zürich are only 6 points away. We mean, Sion must be careful in order not to repeat last year’s traumatic experience… At the same time, however, they have all it takes to climb the table and do well!
GOALS FOR & GOALS AGAINST
Sion’s number of goals scored is about the Super League’s average… the numbers of goals against instead, is far too high. The Sédunois have the second worse defensive record of the league. Here we repeat it again: let’s hope that recent improvements will be confirmed.
CONVERSION RATE & SAVING PERCENTAGE
Sion’s conversion rate is below the Super League’s teams average. In fact, only Grasshopper (29.5%), St. Gallen (28.8%) and Zürich (21.7%) have a lower conversion rate compared to the Sédunois. The lack of self-confidence due to the pressure that surrounds the club reflects in this data. Because let’s don’t beat around the bush… Sion can do better than this in terms of conversion rate.
Sion’s saving percentage is well below the Super League’s teams average… In fact, Sion have the lowest saving percentage of the league! Anton Mitryushkin, where are you?! Then sure, it’s wrong to blame only the goalkeeper (the goalkeepers…). The whole team must defend better.
GOALS FOR & GOALS AGAINST PER 15’
In our opinion, this charts well represents the fact that Sion have a problem to be focused. They conceded way too many goals during the early stages of the games (3 in 10 games). It’s never easy when you’re forced to chase your opponents. Moreover, they conceded also too many goals in injury time (4 in 10 games!)
SHOTS & SHOTS ON TARGET
Sion are the 5th Super League team when it come to shots and the 4th team when it comes to shots on target. Overall, the Sédunois figures are slighly above the league’s average.
SHOTS FACED & SHOTS ON TARGET FACED
Sion’s number of shots faced is lower than the Super League’s teams average. It’s important however to stress that the other teams have a very high shooting accuracy (ratio shots / shots on target) when they face Sion. 41.6%… the second lowest figure of the league. We mean, the opponents scoring opportunities are generally clear ones.
AVERAGE BALL POSSESSION
Sion’s average ball possession is 50.3%… about average. Obviously the tiki-taka is not a priority. Thank God…
Corsi Index = Ratio (Shots on target + Missed Shots + Opponent’s blocked Shots) and (Shots on target faced + Opponent’s missed Shots + Blocked Shots)
As we said before, Sion are capable of outplaying their opponents. This data confirms the impression. The Sédunois CORSI Index is well above the 50.0% and is the 4th highest of the league.
OUR PREDICTION FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON
Another question, please?! No, we mean, seriously… it’s impossible to predict Sion’s final position.
In terms of potential, we’re pretty sure that Sion have all it takes to finish the season among the top 3. Considering, however, that this team is capable of everything and its opposite, and considering also the recent history, Sion have to be careful.
Long negative streaks of results are to be avoided. If Sion can square the circle though, this season can still become a successful one.
Good luck, FC Sion!