Young Boys hosts Crvena Zvezda in a first leg from the Champions League playoffs
Young Boys hosts Crvena Zvezda in a first leg from the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday. This game promises a lot of intrigue, so let’s take a look at it in our Champions League predictions.
The Swiss champion starts its Champions League campaign directly from the playoffs. Last season Young Boys participated in the group stage, so now their goal is to do the same. They are the current champion of Switzerland and they are regarded favourites against the Serbian team.
In the Swiss Super League Young Boys are leading the standings after four games played. They have 10 points won and one point advantage in front of the second Basel. After a draw against Servette in the first round, the champions enjoyed three consecutive wins in the league.
In their last game Young Boys visited St. Gallen and achieved a difficult 3-2 win. Jean Pierre Nsame scored a brace for the champions, while Ulisses Garcia added one more.
Crvena Zvezda reached the playoffs of the Champions League after eliminating Kobenhavn from the competiton. Both games ended with the same result – 1-1, which led to penalties. The Serbian champion did better from the spot and reached the playoffs. Richmond Boakye scored Zvezda’s crucial goal at the Telia Parken in Copenhagen.
The Danish team can feel sorry for the missed opportunity, because in the 54th minute Crvena Zvezda’s Nemanja Milunovic was sent off with a second yellow. Despite of this, the Serbians didn’t concede a second goal and survived until the penalties. Milunovic will be suspended for the first game against Young Boys.
These are our Champions League predictions for the first leg of the Champions League playoffs between Young Boys and Crvena Zvezda. Most of the pundits would say that Young Boys are the favourites here, but what Zvezda did against Kobenhavn must be a reminder of their class.