Young Boys vs Skenderbeu
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 7 December 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
If from all Young Boys games in this group, the one they played in Kyiv against Dynamo is the only one you watched, I bet you are in disbelief looking at the table of the group, seeing Young Boys last(!), on just three points, lower even than Skenderbeu(!). They were fantastic in Kyiv, they were unlucky to leave Ukraine “just” with one point (2-2), but right after that, they lost at home to Dynamo, and two weeks ago they lost again, in Belgrade (they were considered slight favorites, but I suggested you bet against them), losing their last chances of finishing in the top two. In many games this season, they have been an absolute joy to watch, but on the other hand, they have had some… “black holes”, like last weekend, when they lost 3-1 at Thun(!), one of the weakest sides in Switzerland’s championship. They remain first, four points ahead of second-placed Basel, but this will be their last Europa League game this season.
Skenderbeu were considered almost doomed when they hosted Dynamo Kyiv two weeks ago, their double chance was paying a great (for a double chance) 2.15, that was my suggestion, arguing that they had already proved their worth as hosts when Young Boys and Partizan traveled there, and actually they ended up doing even better than what I expected, beating Dynamo(!). Not just that, but after going 1-0 down early in the match, they went 3-1 up early in the second half, and only allowed a late Dynamo goal (added time) to make it 3-2. Skenderbeu are three points behind Partizan, but will finish third even if they beat Young Boys, and Partizan lose to Dynamo. They “only” drew to the Serbian side at home, and lost in Belgrade, so… Last weekend they beat Kukësi 2-1 at home (finally a win after three draws in a row), retaining their eight-point lead in the championship, over second-placed Kamza.
Previous five matches:
Thun vs Young Boys 3-1
Young Boys vs St. Gallen 2-1
Lugano vs Young Boys 1-2
Partizan Belgrade vs Young Boys 2-1
Young Boys vs Zürich 2-1
Skenderbeu vs Kukësi 2-1
Besëlidhja Lezhë vs Skenderbeu 0-1
Partizani Tirana vs Skenderbeu 0-0
Skenderbeu vs Dynamo Kiev 3-2
Skenderbeu vs Kamza 1-1
Next game for Young Boys is on Sunday, again at home, versus Grasshoppers (Switzerland championship). Same day, Skenderbeu will be visiting Laçi (Albania championship).
Young Boys vs Skenderbeu: Head to head Stats
The game earlier this season was the first ever between these two.
Young Boys vs Skenderbeu: Prediction
Young Boys are out, that’s not going to change even if they win this game, but I do expect them to look motivated, so as to avoid, at least, finishing last in the group, without a single victory.
Young Boys vs Skenderbeu: Betting Tips
A simple Young Boys win pays 1.62. “Over 2.5 combined goals” is at 1.72, and these two combined, at 2.30 betting odds, is my main tip.
More UEFA Europa League betting tips and match previews:
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- FCSB vs Lugano
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- Red Star Belgrade vs FC Koln
- Arsenal vs BATE Borisov
- Marseille vs Salzburg
- Vitoria Guimaraes vs Konyaspor
- Zulte-Waregem vs Lazio
- Vitesse vs Nice
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- Real Sociedad vs Zenit St. Petersburg