Kick-off: 2000, 19/09/2018
Stadium: Stade de Suisse
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United will be keen to improve on last season’s Champions League trip to Switzerland when visiting Young Boys in their Group H opener.
The Red Devils slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Basel 10 months ago, when Michael Lang hit them with a last-minute sucker punch.
However, they had dominated for long periods of that game and are fancied to prove a class apart in Berne, with 39/50 for an away win our first Young Boys vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Young Boys’ Betting Odds
Young Boys had 15 points to spare over Basel at the top of the Swiss table last season and they are already eight clear at the summit this term, but they have failed to impress in Europe.
Just over 12 months ago, YB lost a Champions League qualifier to CSKA Moscow, who United went on to beat at home and away during the group stage.
They then failed to progress from a Europa League pool, winning only one of their six matches.
This term, new manager Gerardo Seoane steered them to a scrappy play-off triumph over Dinamo Zagreb, thanks to a 2-1 victory in Croatia after a 1-1 draw at this venue.
Veteran French forward Guillaume Hoarau is one player to watch out for, as he has been in the top two Swiss Super League scorers for each of the past four seasons.
The 34-year-old has again started strongly this term, including a double strike in that visit to Zagreb.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United have had their troubles in the Premier League this season, but away wins at Burnley and Watford have steadied the ship and a return to European action can bring the best out of some elite-level players.
Going out to Sevilla in the first knockout round last term was disappointing, but the Red Devils had topped their group with five wins, having lifted the Europa League trophy the year before.
Jose Mourinho has struggled to settle on his best team since the disruption of a World Cup summer, but past history suggests he will go for experience in this game.
The likes of David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku give United a strong spine and any one of those players would probably cost more than the entire Young Boys team.
United kicked off last season’s group stage by beating Basel 3-0 at home and then winning at CSKA Moscow and Benfica, so hopefully another fast start is on the cards.
Let’s add 12/1 for a 3-1 away victory to our Young Boys vs Man Utd betting tips.
Luke Shaw will start at left-back for United after recovering from a concussion and Marcus Rashford, currently serving a domestic ban, will also be selected.
Diogo Dalot could come in for his debut with captain Antonio Valencia missing the match due to concerns over the plastic pitch in Bern. Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones also remained in the UK.
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