Feyenoord hosts Young Boys in round 4 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, November 7th at De Kuip (Rotterdam)
Feyenoord lost 2 weeks ago in Switzerland. It got skunked, which is not characteristic of the Dutch clubs in general and Feyenoord in particular, which had previously lost in Scotland and did not score goals either. But it scored Porto 2 unanswered goals at home. In 12 rounds of the local championship, the Pride of the South hit the nets of its rivals 22 times. In general, Feyenoord did not score in only four of the last 22 home matches. Ajax, AZ, Den Haag, and Panathinaikos rebounded.
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Young Boys leads the group. Besides the Dutch, it defeated Glasgow Rangers at home and lost to Porto away. By the way, the Swiss conceded two goals in Portugal. They concede a lot in their championship - 15 goals in 13 rounds, which is a bit much for the champion and the leader of the tournament. Young Boys kept a clean sheet in only two away games of the championship. And in three cases, they conceded more than one goal. In the last round of the Swiss championship, the Yellow-Blacks lost to Servette away (3-0). As we see, Young Boys have problems in defense, especially in the away matches. Even Freienbach (I didn’t even find what league it is from) scored Young Boys two goals in the Swiss Cup when it hosted them at home three weeks ago. It lost 11-2 but scored.
Feyenoord has nowhere to retreat. It has only 3 points and takes the last place in the group, and the lack of points in the upcoming match will greatly complicate its fight for access to the playoffs. So it can be assumed that the hosts will play attack first, and given the unreliability of the Swiss defense as a whole and in away games, the hosts will surely score too. Even if the Dutch are ahead 1-0, they probably won’t stop. Young Boys is not a team that will sit “at home”, with any numbers on the scoreboard. They can spit upon the defense of their penalty arena and run to score in response. The Dutch know and understand that the first goal may not be enough for victory. Anyway, Feyenoord will attack throughout the game, regardless of the score. Therefore, relying on all the available data, it makes sense to believe in a couple of goals performed by the hosts.
Prediction for the match: Feyenoord to score over 1.5 goals