Young Boys vs Basel by Isaiah
Young Boys should not be perfectly satisfied with their progress so far, as with several missteps against theoretically smaller teams, are left behind in the league standings. Their big success so far is the qualification for the Europa League groups, while before the league break they won 1-2 away to Luzern.
To the Swiss Cup they qualified to the next round beating amateur side Wettswil-Bonstetten with the score of 5-1, while they will also face an amateur team (Muttenz) in the next round of the cup. Last Thursday they began their adventure for the groups of Europa League with a big defeat at home against Liverpool reserves with the score of 3-5 in an exciting game, where they had some big defensive weaknesses.
Under these conditions they now host champions Basel. A game between two teams that trying for the title steadily in recent years, but YB failing to achieve their target always with some bad run to the second round of the league.
Main defender Alain Nef returns after punishment, while defender Marco Burki broke his leg and is definitely out. Midfielder Pascal Doubai is out with an ankle injury, while midfielder Josh Simpson is still not ready to participate after long term injury.
Basel gave lot of weight to qualify for the Champions League groups, and had put aside their domestic league. As a result they are now too low to the standings and they have to start getting points. After failing to qualify for CL groups, and some very mediocre performances, brought lot of criticism for their coach Heiko Vogel.
Before the league break, after the shock against Cluj, they conceded a 0-0 draw at home against Zurich, and remained with no win for the second consecutive game. For the Swiss Cup a week ago, with many changes to their original line up, they comfortably beat amateur side of Amriswil with the score of 6-1. In the next round they will face Chiasso, who competes in Challenge League.
At the premiere game for the Europa League groups last Thursday, they managed to get the 0-0 draw away to Lisbon against Sporting, despite the fact that the opponent was playing since 50th minute with ten men.
Today they will play against Young Boys with several new faces compared to the game in Lisbon, as their coach will do some rotation to refresh the squad. Outstanding Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (3 games / 1 goal) is back after injury, while midfielder Yapo Gilles Yapi (5 games, 1 goal) and defensive midfielder Philipp Degen (0 games) are both still out.
Odds are divided with a slight advantage for Young Boys, as both teams come from midweek European matches. Both of them are too low for their standards in the league table, and both have their own reasons to win this one. Basel has lot of depth in their squad and will hardly be affected by any rotation. Two teams that naturally playing offensive football, that's why i think there will be more than two goals there.
Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @1.70 with Bet365