Young Boys vs Shakhtar by Isaiah
Young Boys couldn't do much more in the first leg when the Swiss side suffered 2:0 defeat away to Shakhtar last week. They had a passive role during the ninety minutes and did very little in attack, but also could be happy that the defeat was with only two goals difference, since they played with a man less for the most of the second halftime.
If anything, that would be a bright side from their defeat, as the team now has difficult task - to get a victory and start attacking from the very first minute, however knowing that any conceded goal would make their task almost impossible. With their minds set to Champions League duty obviously, the team didn't show a positive face in their domestic league game last weekend, suffering home defeat to Lugano 1:2, despite they took the lead early in the match.
They had the ball possession and chances created, but two moments of lack of concentration during the second halftime cost them a lot. Important central defender Milan Vilotic will not be playing here due his red card in the first leg. Defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria is injured, as well as striker Alexander Gerndt. Left full back Loris Benito is injured from the start of the season, same as other left back Thomas Fekete, right midfielder Thorsten Schick and forward Taulant Seferi.
Ukrainian side could be happy with their result from the first leg, as the team got a convincing and rather easy victory, without conceding a goal. That makes them now perfect candidate for the play-off stage, while the team might take just a bit more relaxed approach for this one.
They opened up the opponent with a goal from Bernard in 27th minute, adding the second one in 75th via Seleznev, while the home team could have scored a goal or more, especially since they played with a man more since 55th minute. As for the domestic league, Shakhtar has started their duty with two really convincing victories, both times 4:1, against Chernomorets Odessa and Zirka. The team once again has very good quality and all but entering Champions League group stage will be a disappointment for everyone in the club.
New coach Paulo Fonseca won't be able to count at left back Marcio Azevedo and central midfielder Ruslan Malinovsky, both being sidelined with injuries from the beginning of the season. Visitors aren't expected to change much in comparison to the first leg.
- Young Boys have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches (UEFA Champions League).
- Shakhtar have won their last 3 matches against Young Boys.
Young Boys got outplayed in the first leg and I can't see them being much better here. Swiss side will need to open up even more now and should concede goals even easier this time. Another option could be over goals, but I'll stick with the simply victory of Ukrainian side.