Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between Young Boys and Bayer Leverkusen, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Young boys to assume Bayer Leverkusen in the first stage of Europa League Round of 16 qualifiers at the Stadion Wankdorf in Berne on Thursday night.
Leverkusen advanced as Group C winner, with the next Swiss opponent finishing second in Group A.
After Basel won eight consecutive Swiss titles between 2009 and 2017, Young Boys has re-established itself as Switzerland’s dominant club in recent years. In fact, Gerardo SeoaneThe team is on its way to the fourth consecutive Swiss Superliga, with a 16 point advantage over the rival at the top of the table.
The Swiss champions have also taken the next step in European football in recent years, beating Juventus by competing in the Champions League group stage for the first time in the club’s history in the 2018-19 campaign.
After finishing second behind Roma in Europa League Group A this season, Thursday night’s playoff against Leverkusen will be Young Boys’ first European knockout since losing both hands to Everton at this stage of the campaign of the Europa League 2014-15.
Although Seoane’s team will understandably enter the tie against Leverkusen as a big underdog, there is little doubt that the club is in a stronger position on and off the field than when they were defeated by Everton seven years ago.
Leverkusen, of course, is a much bigger fish in Europe, having won this competition in 1988 and reached the Champions League final in 2002.
Peter BoszThe team’s team was also eliminated from the competition by eventual finalists, Inter Milan, in the quarter-finals of last season, so they hope to be able to go to the end this time.
Based on their form this season, it would be necessary to give them a much better chance of doing so after winning five of the six group stage games to comfortably lead Group C and compete at the top of the Bundesliga for much of the season. .
However, there has been a slight drop in results since the turn of the year, which led them to abandon qualifying spots for the Champions League, making this trophy even more attractive, since winning it guarantees a spot in the primary of the Europe at the next station.
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Young Boys’ top scorer Jean-Pierre Nsame, who scored four goals in the group stage, and Mohamed Camara are suspended after expulsions in the group stage.
Christopher Martins Pereira, Vincent Sierro and Esteban Petignat everyone could be left out due to injuries.
Leverkusen, for his part, is likely to travel to Bern without Karim Bellarabi, Mitchell Weiser, Lars Bender, Julian Baumgartlinger, Santiago arias and Paulinho due to injury.
Bosz must choose whether to select Lucas alario or Patrik Schick to lead the attack, with Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby will probably flank the preferred attacker.
Possible starting lineup for the Young Boys:
Von Ballmoos; Hefti, Lustenberger, Zesiger, Lefort; Fassnacht, Lauper, Aebischer, Ngamaleu; Mambimbi, Elia
Possible initial line-up for Bayer Leverkusen:
Hradecky; Fosu-Mensah, Tah, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven; Demirbay, Aranguiz, Wirtz; Bailey, Alario, Diaby
Probability: Young Boys 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Without their best scorer, Nsame, it is difficult to imagine Young Boys with enough quality to beat Leverkusen.
The visitors may not be consistent, but firepower is not something they lack, with Bailey in particular having fun in this competition this season, as he aims to add to his five goals in the group stage.
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