Champions League / Young Boys vs Crvena Zvezda – One duel separates champions of Switzerland and Serbia from the group phase of the Champions League. This will be the first Eurpean match for Young Boys, while Crvena Zvezda has already played six qualifiers. Both teams occupy the first place in their respective national championship; Crvena Zvezda won all four matches, while Young Boys drew once. The two teams met in the Champions League qualifications 2004 and then Crvena Zvezda had an upper hand.
Game Young Boys vs Crvena Zvezda begins 21.08.2019 at 21:00 CET
The Swiss champion starts its European journey in the Champions League play-offs which means they have secured the group stage of the European League. Still, their wish is the elite football competition in Europe and to do so they will have to eliminate a very tough opponnet. Young Boys again dominates the Swiss championship, although in the first round slipped at home where they drew with Servette. After that Young Boys win three matches but they didn’t dominate. In the previous round they struggled but win St. Gallen 3-2. Several players are injured, and the last one who joined the injured list was midfielder Spielmann.
Probable lineups Young Boys: von Ballmoos – Lotomba, Lustenberger, Zesiger, U. Garcia – Aebischer, Gaudino, Ngamaleu, Fassnacht – Assale, Nsame
Crvena Zvezda quite easily eliminated Suduva and HJK Helsinki in first two qualifying rounds, and the real challenge came only in the third round. They faced Danish champion Copenhagen and it was expected that the match will be uncertain, but in fact it was a real drama. Crvena Zvezda played the 1st leg in Belgrade and was first to take lead, but Copenhagen equalised from penalty. In the 2nd leg they again took the first lead and again couldn’t prserve the advantage. Later in the match stopper Milunovic was sent off and it seemed that they were doomed. However, they endured till the end and even in the extra time no goals were scored. The match was decided after penalties, where goalkeeper Borjan turned into a hero of his team. Besdised Milunovic, Jovancic is also suspended and Jovicic is injured.
Probable lineups Crvena Zvezda: Borjan – Gobeljic, Degenek, Pankov, Jander – Canas, Vulic – Ivanic, Marin, Vukanovic – Boakye
Betting Pick: Young Boys vs Crvena Zvezda
Favourites to win the first match are Young Boys, although they have problems with injuries. Still, the guests have them too and we forecast a minimal victory of the home team.
Pick: Young Boys wins
Odds: 1.80 at 888sport (down to 1.70 can be played)
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