This is such an intriguing contest for so many reasons and is really a terrific example of the kind of interesting match-ups we get to see thanks to the Champions League. There’s an element of the unknown to an extent here that few other contests can claim to have.
For starters, because these teams are in two different leagues – the Premier League and the Super League, which rarely have much crossover – we don’t have much to compare between them. We cannot, for example, see how they both did against a similar opponent and use that as a benchmark.
Not only that but these two have never gone up against each other in a head-to-head scenario. With the Young Boys riding high and Manchester United having a famously tough time, are we about to see an upset that will be talked about in Swiss football for years to come?
Young Boys vs Manchester United Prediction: Young Boys 0-1 Manchester United
So why are Manchester United tipped to win? Simply put, many consider the Premier League the tougher league – and, based on the evidence, we have to agree that is the case. This is no disrespect to Young Boys or the Super League, but that is the general consensus.
We think that Manchester United are starting to find their feet again and are, on most nights, the better team. Young Boys will consider this a huge opportunity to topple a footballing giant though, and will no doubt come into this all guns blazing. However, we think Man United will just about manage to overcome. Therefore, our prediction, on that basis, is a 1-0 win for the favourites.
Our recommended tip: Man United Win to Nil
Man United come into this Champions League contest with a considerable advantage, holding a 56% win probability to the Young Boys’ 19%. Therefore, a Man United victory is a pretty safe bet, with 5/7 odds available at NetBet. That being said though, the difference in the competitive level across the two leagues has led us to predict that Man United will manage to keep a clean sheet across their rivals. Therefore, those looking for a higher risk wager and larger potential ROI should consider backing the favourites to win to nil, as NetBet’s 37/20 odds on this result are far more competitive than a simple match result bet.
Well, there aren’t any. This is really a double-edged sword. On one hand, it makes the match a lot harder to predict. On the other hand, it adds a whole new dimension of intrigue and uncertainty. If anything, this will favour Young Boys, who have a golden opportunity to surprise a wounded Man United. Sadly though, we don’t think that will happen, but if ever there was an opportunity, this is it.
Not only that but when you’re the top of your league and you’re facing a team struggling in another, it becomes a matter of pride to get that all important first win, especially with a team with a history like Man United. This is definitely one to watch.
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Players to watch: Romelu Lukaku & Christian Fassnacht
Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku
Having scored double the amount of goals for Manchester United than his closest competition, Paul Pogba, so far this season, Romela Lukaku has been a ray of light in an otherwise difficult time. The man has been absolute fire since he joined the club in 2017 and just seems to be getting better and better. A danger to any team that faces him, Lakuka is a record-setting goal machine with little sign of slowing down.
Young Boys: Christian Fassnacht
With the Young Boys holding the top two places for goal scorers in the Super League – alongside plenty of other brilliant players who have made their run of success thus far possible – there’s a ton of top talent to choose from. However, we are going to have to go with the electric Christian Fassnacht. The winger helped the squad win their first league title in 32 years last season and it looks as though he’s well on his way to helping them achieve it yet again.