Slovan Bratislava hosts Young Boys in the first leg of the Champions League qualification quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, July 21st at Tehelné pole (Bratislava)
Slovan Bratislava has successfully prepared for the new season. The Sky Blues won three of four friendly matches and tied once. This shape was enough for the team to beat Shamrock Rovers in the first leg of the Champions League qualification 1/8 finals (2-0). In the return match, Slovan had a harder time. The Slovaks were losing 0-2 but managed to score the necessary goal in the 73rd minute. Slovan Bratislava suffered only one defeat in the last five matches. And the team conceded goals in only two of them. I would like to note that Slovan's players scored in the second half in four out of five games. Bookmakers give the coefficient of 1.50 that Slovan will aggrieve the opponent’s goalkeeper in the second half.
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The season had not yet started in Switzerland, so Young Boys were preparing for a confrontation against Slovan Bratislava through friendly matches. In total, the Yellow-Blacks played five test games. The teams gained three victories and one draw and suffered one defeat. Young Boys managed to keep a clean sheet in only one of their last five matches. Interestingly, the Yellow-Blacks were able to open the scoring in only two out of five cases. Bookmakers give a 2.58 coefficient for Slovan to open the scoring in the match. Young Boys have failed to score in only one of their last five matches. On average, the Yellow-Blacks scored two goals per game during this period. The Swiss conceded three of four goals in the first half.
Slovan Bratislava and Young Boys crossed paths in the 2014/15 Europa League group stage. Then the Swiss club turned out to be stronger in both matches. The Yellow-Blacks won in Slovakia (1-3) and at home (5-0). The fact that Slovan did not concede in the first match against Shamrock Rovers is rather an exception to the rule. The Slovaks have conceded in five of their last five Champions League matches, as well as in nine of their last ten matches in the Europa League. Young Boys are also not sinless. Although the team scored in four out of five last matches, they conceded first in three out of five. Both clubs will have chances to score in the upcoming game.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score — yes