Astana vs Young Boys by Isaiah
Since the team is now in the latest stages of domestic competitions, they are probably more oriented on their matches with local duties, however there's no doubt that the team will try to exploit any advantages in the Europa League and will try to stay competitive in the race for first two positions if possible.
Most recently, they won over Ordabasy in Premier League of Kazakhstan last weekend away from home 1:0 and the team is now four points above second placed Kairat and has played a game less, being obviously red hot favorites to claim the title again. Also, they won over Irtysh Pavlodar in the semifinal Cup first leg match a week earlier, coming in pretty decent form as for domestic matches - three consecutive victories.
In the first round of Europa League, they suffered defeat to APOEL 2:1 on the road (conceding both goals in last fifteen minutes of the match), but in a case of a victory here, they would bounce back in the race for the second position completely. Home side should have no fresh injury worries ahead of this game.
Young Boys is far away from a dominant team they looked like in previous edition of Swiss' league and the team barely has any similarity to their performances year ago. However, they are still managing to keep the second position in the league, being however already thirteen points away from the leaders from Basel and just three points above for example, seventh placed Sion.
They come from a goalless draw away from home last weekend against Sion, in a very defensive game from both sides, very offensive phases were really rare happenings. It was second consecutive match without a goal scored for them, as they previously also took a point in a goalless game against Vaduz. As for Europa League, team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat at home against Olympiakos in the first round.
Visitors from Switzerland continue to have problems making their lineup, since they continue to miss central defender Gregory Wuthrich (3/0), left full backs Loris Benito (0/0), Thomas Fekete (0/0), right back Sven Joss (3/0), defensive midfielder Sekou Sanogo (2/0), offensive midfielder Taulant Seferi (0/0) and strikers Alexander Gerndt (1/0) and Guillaume Hoarau (5/4).
- Young Boys have lost their last 5 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Players of Young Boys have obvious problems scoring goals, but not only that, their form is questionable at the moment and the team is hit with serious injury crisis. Having that in mind, but also their terrible record in Europe away from home, I can't see past the home victory here. Astana did well to make many problems to sides like Celtic (draw at home) and BATE Borisov (victory at home) and I can't see weakened Young Boys being better here.