Young Boys vs Manchester United betting tips: Champions League match preview & predictions

Young Boys vs Manchester United prediction: Young Boys 0-2 Manchester United

It’s Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League.

The group stages begin here with all 32 teams dreaming of being in May’s final in Madrid.

Swiss Champions Young Boys are making their debuts at this stage so how much of an impact can they make?

As for Manchester United, they’re in the Champions League group stages for the 22nd time but they’ve come unstuck at this stage twice in the last five.

With José Mourinho under pressure, he must get off to a good start in Switzerland to ease all the speculation.

Paul Pogba Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba of Manchester United scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Young Boys vs Manchester United: Who will win?

Unsurprisingly, Young Boys are big underdogs.

The Swiss side are 7/2 to cause an upset.

Manchester United are 3/4 to win all 3 points.

A draw is 11/4.

Manchester United and both teams to score is 9/4.

Romelu Lukaku

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United (9) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

6 ft 4 in veteran forward Guillaume Hoarau is Young Boys biggest goal threat. He’s 6/1 to score first and 15/8 to net anytime.

Romelu Lukaku is likely to score. The Belgian is 15/4 to score first and 11/10 to score anytime.

Both Lukaku and Rashford to score is 9/2.

Young Boys vs Manchester United: Match preview

It may only be September, but this Young Boys team has already made history in the last few months.

Last season they won the Swiss Super League title for the first time since 1986, ending Basel’s 17 year monopoly over the league.

That meant they dropped into the Champions League champions path play-off round and had to win just one tie to qualify for the group stages.

They’d lost in all 5 Champions League qualifying campaigns they’d been in so could they end the hoodoo?

They were drawn against Croatian Champions Dinamo Zagreb.

The first leg finished 1-1 in Switzerland but that away goal gave Dinamo the advantage.

Young Boys then had a mountain to climb when they fell behind after just seven minutes in the return leg.

However, they turned the tie completely on it’s head.

Guillaume Hoarau scored twice in two minutes and they held on to get through to the group stages for the very first time.

They’ve also started the season on fire.

After 6 games they have won all 6, including a 4-0 win over rivals Zürich, and are currently 8 points clear of second place St. Gallen.

They were in Swiss Cup action on Saturday.

Second division side Schaffhausen took them to extra time before Young Boys snatched a winner in the 120th minute to get through to the last 16.

Everything has gone right for Gerardo Seoane’s team this season but they’ll face their toughest test so far for sure with Manchester United coming to town.

The Wankdorf Stadium, belonging to Young BoysBERN, SWITZERLAND – FEBRUARY 19: A general view of the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between BSC Young Boys and Everton FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on February 19, 2015 in Bern, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

More Manchester United European glory?

It’s fair to say it’s been a mixed start to the season for Manchester United.

They did start with a win over Leicester but then the wheels fell off.

They were abysmal at Brighton and humbled by Tottenham to bring the questions surrounding José Mourinho’s future back into focus.

They have stabilised since.

Solid away wins over Burnley and Watford may just be papering over some cracks but are certainly something to build on.

However, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all looking even stronger than last season it looks  unlikely that Manchester United will win their 21st league title.

That makes a good run in this competition all the more important.

They were dumped out by Sevilla in the last 16 last season so will desperately hoping for better than that.

However, they cannot look past the group stages or even this match with Valencia and Juventus to come.

Luke Shaw Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Luke Shaw of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Young Boys team news vs Manchester United

Gerardo Seoane will be without 3 players.

Youngsters Jordan Lotomba and  Sandro Lauper are both out but neither would’ve featured anyway.

The absentee they’ll be ruing is left-winger Miralem Sulejmani who should be back soon but not in time for this game.

As for the players who will be playing, veteran goalkeeper Marco Wölfli started the cup win on Saturday but regular number 1 David von Ballmoos will be recalled.

Former Newcastle United and Rangers defender Kevin Mbabu is the first choice right back in these parts.

He was one of two Young Boys players in the Switzerland squad who played Iceland and England last week.

The other is Djibril Sow who will partner Ivorian international Sékou Sanogo in central midfield.

Two 24 year-olds Moumi Ngamaleu and  Christian Fassnacht will hope to cause problems from wide position.

And they will start with a classic front two.

Roger Assalé will partner Guillaume Hoarau.

The latter is the club’s leading goalscorer of all time and scored both the goals in Zagreb that got them to this round.

They will be a handful for Manchester United but the Premier League side should ultimately have too much quality.

Manchester United team news vs Young Boys

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The visitors don’t have many options in defence.

Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are all out so it is likely to be the same defence that started at Watford.

Chris Smalling scored, what turned out to be the winner, in that game and his role will be vital alongside Victor Lindelöf.

Marouane Fellaini has started each of the last two games in holding midfield, and was man of the match on Saturday, so will keep Fred out the team again.

Nemanja Matić’s red card at Vicaridge Road will keep him out of their fixture with Wolves but he is available.

Likewise Marcus Rashford; he is currently in the middle of a three match domestic suspension after being sent off at Burnley.

Surely, as he couldn’t be selected last weekend nor next weekend, he’ll get a start here but Alexis Sánchez is a Mourinho favourite.

One thing is for certain is that Romelu Lukaku will lead the line.

His last 19 goals for club and country have come against Saudi Arabia, Crystal Palace, Egypt, Costa Rica, Swansea, Bournemouth, Panama, Tunisia, Brighton, Burnley, Scotland, Iceland and Watford.

You can just see Young Boys being added to that list can’t you?

Lukaku and his teammates should have too much for their Swiss opponents.

Predicted Young Boys team vs Manchester United

Predicted Manchester United team vs Young Boys

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The latest tweets from Manchester United pre Young Boys

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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