Just who are Swansea City's Europa League opponents St Gallen?
BEAT St Gallen, and Swansea City have their foot firmly in the door of the last 32 of the Europa League.
But just who are St Gallen?
Here’s some facts and videos to help you do your homework ahead of Thursday night’s game:
ST Gallen walk out at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday night believing they have “nothing to lose” when they face Swansea City.
Yet it is getting to the stage where the Swiss Super League side may soon forget what losing feels like.
The Swiss season starts in July, and St Gallen’s campaign began with defeats to Grasshopper Zurich and FC Thun.
Since then, however, Switzerland’s oldest club have put together a remarkable run of 12 games unbeaten.
BELOW: FC St Gallen 5-0 FC Sion:
Their latest success came in the return fixture at Grasshopper – who are second in the league – last weekend, when St Gallen took the points despite being reduced to ten men early in the second half.
The impressive sequence has seen St Gallen climb to fourth in the table – and turn a few heads in the Europa League.
BELOW: FC St Gallen 2-1 FC Basel
The team managed by Jeff Saibene – the first ever Luxembourger to lead a club in a major European competition – looked as though they might be heading out of the Europa League when they drew 1-1 with Spartak Moscow in the first leg of their play-off tie.
Yet St Gallen went to Russia for the return and racked up a hugely impressive 4-2 win to seal their place in the group stages.
BELOW: Spartak Moscow V FC St Gallen
Things continue to go well in cross-border competition, too. While Swansea City were chalking up that landmark win in Valencia, St Gallen saw off Kuban Krasnodar – who had Djibril Cisse up front – at home in their first pool game.
So they travel to Wales in confident mood – even if the bookmakers are forecasting an end to the run without defeat.
“Swansea won 3-0 in Valencia, so this will be a tough game for us,” says defender Ivan Martic.
“But against Swansea we can play with freedom. We have nothing to lose and we want to win every match, even if it is a difficult one at Swansea. We do not fear any opponents.”
BELOW: FC St Gallen 3-1 Young Boys Bern:
An away win this evening would be a shock for Michael Laudrup, though St Gallen do have previous.
Their only other meeting with a Premier League club came against Chelsea in the 2000-01 Uefa Cup, when they lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg but then won 2-0 at home to knock the Londoners out.
They were Swiss champions at the time – a title St Gallen have only ever held twice – yet their powers have waned since, and they spent a season in the second tier following relegation in 2011.
Under Saibene, however, St Gallen have enjoyed happier times. He delivered promotion in his first full season at the helm, then led the club to third place in the top flight last term.
Underdogs they may be, but St Gallen know how to win.
BELOW: A bit about St Gallen the place: