Young Boys host Shakhtar Donetsk at Stade de Suisse in Bern in the second leg of the Champions League third qualifying round. Let’s recall Ukrainian side earned confident 2:0 victory at home.
Young Boys turned in rather disappointing performance in the first leg in Ukraine. Not only they played unconvincingly, they were beaten 0:2 and they were lucky to concede only 2. On top of that, we should mention that red card on 55’ was the key moment of the whole match. After Vilotic’s sent-off Young Boys could only dream of a positive result. In addition, Young Boys were beaten by Lugano on the Swiss Super League after that proving the fact Swiss side are out of form at the moment.
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Shakhtar in their turn have played 4 competitive games under their new head coach Paulo Fonseca as they won 3 and tied 1. Still it’s the second leg of the Champions League third qualifying round that will be the most crucial for Portuguese coach at the moment. Swiss sided tend to play better at home, while Shakhtar allowed goals in 3 of their last 4 matches. Luckily for the visitors, their attackers nullify defensive problems.
We should mention that first half of the first leg was closely-contested, so the two teams are in arguably equal shape right now. That’s why we expect Young Boys to rush in attack from the very beginning while Shakhtar will focus on their favorite counter-attacking football.
Prediction for the match: Under 3 goals.