Swiss champions Young Boys make their Champions League group stage debut after six previous failed attempts. Their reward is a group that consists of European big guns Juventus, Valencia and tonight’s opponents and three-time CL winners Man Utd.
It’s been a perfect start to the new Swiss Super League season for reigning champions Young Boys who have won all six of their opening games scoring 19 and only conceding four goals in the process. Christian Fassnacht and Guillaume Hoarau are their current top-scorers with four league goals each.
Young Boys’ record in six UEFA games v English clubs: W1 D1 L4
Manchester United have three wins and two defeats in their opening five Premier League games, scoring eight and conceding eight, with Romelu Lukaku the top scorer with four league goals. Jose Mourinho’s men have however won their last two league games (away to Burnley and Watford) despite finishing both games with ten men with Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic seeing red in those fixtures.
Manchester United have lost their last two European encounters in Switzerland, however this clash will represent a very first competitive meeting with Young Boys and Manchester United.
It’s a tough start to their first CL group campaign for the Swiss champions Young Boys against three-time CL winners Man Utd, but they’re scoring plenty of goals and have a solid defence to boot as their league form suggests.
However, it will be interesting to see if tiredness will be a factor on Wednesday as the Swiss outfit needed extra time to defeat FC Schaffhausen 3-2 in the Swiss Cup on Saturday, thanks to a dramatic late winner from defender Mohamed Ali Camara.
Manchester United will be looking to get off to a winning start in the group stages and Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford will be available as the pair’s domestic suspensions don’t apply in European competitions.
They are set to be without two players for the visit of Man Utd – young midfielders Jordan Lotomba (knee) & Sandro Lauper (ankle). Former Serbia winger Miralem Sulejmani, who has previous European experience with Ajax and Benfica, could make his first start since suffering concussion after returning as a substitute last weekend.
Jose Mourinho confirmed after Saturday’s win at Watford that Luke Shaw will return to the team for this game, probably in place of Ashley Young at left-back. Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Diego Dalot are still working their way back to full fitness and have played for the under-23’s in recent weeks, the latter two in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Reading at Old Trafford.
It’s a tough start to their first Champions League group campaign for Young Boys against CL big guns Manchester United who have been there and done it so many times before. The home side look to have a goalscoring threat, although they might find United too strong this evening.
Man Utd to win and both teams to score at 5/2 looks very tempting.
It’s a Double The Odds First Goalscorer game with us, so maybe in-form Romelu Lukaku to be First Goalscorer at 7/2 could also be worth a look, with the possibility of getting Double The Odds should he add a second goal at anytime in the game.