Newly crowned Swiss league champions Young Boys attempt to break through into the champions league for the first time ever this Wednesday night at the Stade de Suisse in Switzerland. Fearless, Goal Scoring, Fired up young boys have started the new Super League campaign how they ended it last season, with strong composed football not letting anybody break them with 4 games played and 4 wins. Their counterparts Dinamo Zagreb are no slouches either with 3 wins and 1 draw to start there season in Croatia’s HNL division.
Dinamo has dominated the Croatian league for the past 13 years winning the title 12 times and successfully entering the Champions League on multiple occasions and are unbeaten in 16 UEFA Champions League qualifying matches overall heading into this so Young Boys will have a lot of experience to contend with. The reigning champions of Croatia have qualified on four of their latest six attempts, winning three times on each occasion, and a 2-0 victory away to Astana in the notoriously difficult environment of Kazakhstan earlier this month highlighted their current fine form.
As we know from International football, The Croatians are far from pushovers and put in the effort right until the final whistle, I do see a path to victory for the Swiss side but it will be one of there toughest opponents in recent times.
Some stats to feast on
- Dinamo Zagreb are unbeaten in 16 away Champions League qualifiers.
- This is the first ever competitive meeting between these clubs.
- Young Boys matches last season in the Swiss League averaged 3.47 goals per game.
- Young Boys have never previously played a Croatian team in European competition
- Dinamo Zagreb won 5-0 in their only other UEFA match away to Swiss opposition
- Young Boys have scored 2.8 goals per game on average this term.
Unbeaten in 16 Champions League qualifiers I can’t help but think the experience of the Croatian side is going to shine through in this match-up, whilst the Young Boys continue to improve and impress in the Swiss League, there form in European football is considerably poorer. They’ve lost 9 of their last 11 Champions League qualifiers and have been beaten at this stage in each of the last two seasons, losing both legs of both ties. However, I do think the home advantage and current form of the Swiss side will see them bag at least one goal.
Prediction & Free tips
This week I’m feeling confident so I’m going to give you guys a treat with two free tips. I think the Croatians will leave with at least draw and Young Boys will leave with at least a goal. That being said, Dinamo Zagreb to win or draw and both teams to score sounds pretty juicy to me. If your an old man, you shouldn’t be looking at Young Boys too close anyway.
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Matchday 2 of the Premier League season is upon us and I’m more interested in the Midlands derby between Leicester and Wolves than any other game on the schedule this week. Leicester will be looking for the 3 points at home after a disappointing loss to Manchester Utd last weekend, despite having more possession and shots on goal the Midlands side couldn’t find the back of the net until Vardy came on the pitch and started a party. Leicester fans minds will be at ease this week, “Jamie is training well this week with his team-mates and he is available,” said Foxes manager Claude Puel. “He has a good chance to start.”
Newly promoted and quite possibly the best team from the new Premier League sides Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to continue there ultra impressive away record from last season. The question still remains, are they fit for this division? We’re going to find out tomorrow in there first away game of the season. Coming off a 2-2 draw against Everton I expect Wolves confidence to be fairly high, especially with possible starts from the new transfer signings Adama Traore and Leander Dendoncker. The Belgium midfielder who helped take out the international English side in this year’s world cup will see two familiar faces in Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, will this spark some revenge for the Leicester City internationals?
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Silva, Ndidi; Pereira, Maddison, Gray; Vardy.
Wolves (3-4-3): Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Otto; Costa, Jimenez, Jota. Subs: Ruddy, Saiss, Dendoncker, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Traore, Bonatini.
Leicester (including pre-season) LWDLD
Aug 10, 1-2 v Man United (a)
Aug 4, 2-1 v Lille (a)
Aug 1, 1-1 v Valencia (h)
July 28, 1-2 v Udinese (n)
July 25, 0-0 v Akhisarspor (n)
Wolves (including pre-season) DWLDD
Aug 11, 2-2 v Everton (h)
Aug 4, 2-1 v Villarreal (h)
July 28, 1-2 v Derby (a)
July 25, 0-0 v Stoke (a)
July 22, 0-0 v Real Betis (n) (45-min match)
Goals Goals Goals
With Vardy most likely starting for Leicester and Raul Jimenez at the opposite end of the strike-force for Wolves I cannot see this game being shy on the goal sheet. Wolves defense is still questionable and both sides love a counter-attacking style of play. For me, this spells goals. Which brings me onto this week’s free tip, Both teams to score.
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