Sunday, September 26, 2021

Prediction: Young Boys vs Manchester United

Verdict: Manchester United to score in both halves

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to open their Champions League run with a real flurry on Tuesday night, English heavyweights Manchester United will make the trip to Young Boys in midweek.

Young Boys

Starting with the hosts, after enduring what has been a sluggish start since opening the 2021/22 Swiss Super League campaign, Young Boys would have been glad to pick up a real morale boost over the weekend. Mustering just their second domestic victory after claiming a thumping 4-0 romp against Zürich on home soil, the defending champions will be hoping that they have put their early-season blip behind them. Now unbeaten in each of their last six matchups across all formats, Head Coach David Wagner also saw his side book their spot in the Champions League group stage after a free-scoring qualifying run. Last seen eventually landing an action-packed 6-4 aggregate win against Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros, the one-time Huddersfield manager has seen his new squad find a real clinical edge in the final third. Including hitting Zürich for four last time out, it is worth highlighting that Tuesday’s hosts have bagged over 2.5 goals in five of their last six outings.

Team News

Dealing with a growing injury list, the duo of Fabian Lustenberger and Jean-Pierre Nsame will once again miss out on Tuesday due to a pair of Achilles injuries.

Likewise, the likes of Joel Monteiro, Esteban Petignat and Nico Maier also remain on the sidelines in midweek.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, while Young Boys might be hoping to find some domestic stability, Manchester United have continued to impress since opening the 2021/22 campaign. Skyrocketing their way to the top of the Premier League table and with the mood in their camp likely to be at a red-hot high, the Reds were last seen over the weekend when laying down another marker. Making their return from September’s international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side picked up a thumping 4-1 win against a struggling Newcastle at Old Trafford. With many feeling that the former English champions are in a position to mount a serious title charge this season, United will make the trip out to Switzerland in midweek looking to put on another flurry. Marking their Champions League return on Tuesday, it is well worth keeping an eye out for returning icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. Securing a famous return to Manchester over the summer, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner bagged himself a brace against the Magpies on Saturday and has his sights set on making more European history.

Team News

Marking his return with a brace on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo should once again lead Manchester United’s charge out in Switzerland this week.

Only an unused sub over the weekend, Brazilian midfielder Fred looks set to make a return on Tuesday. Scott McTominay could also feature after appearing to overcome a groin issue.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in 2018, Manchester United picked up back-to-back 1-0 and 3-0 victories.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo marked his Old Trafford return over the weekend with a brace against Newcastle.
    • Young Boys are unbeaten in each of their last six matchups across all formats, recording five wins.
    • Tuesday’s hosts have seen each of their last seven Champions League home fixtures finish with both teams finding the net.
    • Manchester United have taken 10 points from their opening four games of the Premier League season; their best start to a campaign since 2017-18 (also 10), when they went on to finish second in the table.

    Conclusion

    Managing to lay down a real marker over the weekend as they romped their way to a 4-1 win against Newcastle at Old Trafford, Manchester United should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Enjoying what has been a stellar start to the 2021/22 campaign, the Reds will be relishing a Champions League return on Tuesday night. Landing themselves back-to-back victories when they faced off against Young Boys back in 2018, the midweek guests also have one returning icon who should be smelling a chance. Marking his return to Manchester with a brace against the Magpies in what was a blockbuster afternoon on home soil, it is hard to think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stacked squad won’t be able to extend on their early-season purple patch here.

    Verdict: Manchester United to score in both halves

    Best Odds: 21/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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