Young Boys vs Sporting Lisbon Match Analysis & Prediction

Young Boys

15/02/2024 8:45 pm

Sporting Lisbon

Young Boys and Sporting Lisbon will meet in competitive action for the first time ever on Thursday night as they begin their two-legged Europa League knockout-round playoff tie.

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The hosts dropped into this competition after finishing third in their Champions League group, while the visitors finished second in their Europa League group.

Young Boys head into the Europa League knockout playoff on Thursday on the back of an exit from their Champions League group before the turn of the year, having secured a spot in Europe’s top competition with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Maccabi Haifa in the playoff round.

Raphael Wicky’s side joined Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Red Star Belgrade in a tricky group, and any hopes of a top-two finish were all extinguished as they collected just one point from the first four games, playing out a 2-2 draw away at the latter while suffering two defeats to Man City and a 3-1 home loss to RB Leipzig.

Then likely to compete for third place with the chance to drop into the Europa League, Young Boys welcomed Red Star Belgrade for the return fixture and gained crucial ground with a 2-0 victory following Kosta Nedeljkovic’s own goal and a Lewin Blum finish.

While they would finish with a 2-1 defeat at RB Leipzig in mid-December, that previous victory was enough for Young Boys to secure third place and earn a chance to enter the Europa League round of 16 through a playoff.

They now head into Thursday’s tie in the midst of a pleasing run, having moved seven points clear at the top of the Swiss Super League with back-to-back victories over Yverdon Sport and Lausanne-Sport and a 3-3 draw away to Lugano on Saturday.

Following a fourth-placed finished in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, Sporting Lisbon entered the group stage of the Europa League, and they enjoyed a pleasing campaign collecting 11 points from their six matches with the only defeat coming in the second round of games against Atalanta.

Ruben Amorim’s side now return to continental action in the midst of a fine campaign, having laid a strong claim to reclaim the Primeira Liga title so far with 52 points from their opening 20 matches, including seven straight wins heading into Thursday’s contest most recently thrashing Casa Pia 8-0 and Sporting Braga 5-0.

Sebastian Coates, Viktor Gyokeres and Francisco Trincao netted braces alongside Pedro Goncalves and Geny Catamo goals in the former and Trincao and Gyokeres were again on the scoresheet with Eduardo Quaresma, Daniel Braganca and Nuno Santos in the latest victory on Sunday.

Young Boys vs. Sporting Lisbon Head to head

This will be the first meeting between these two teams.

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Young Boys Team News

Following the January departure of top scorer Jean-Pierre Nsame, Young Boys’ attack will again be spearheaded by Cedric Itten, who has netted eight goals so far this season.

Ebrima Colley will keep his place in a front three after scoring in their 3-3 draw with Lugano last time out, while Joel Mvuka will bid to earn a starting berth having come off the bench to also net in that game.

Young Boys's Last 5 Matches

  • 20/01/2024
    Young Boys
    1
    Grasshoppers
    0
    Super League
  • 27/01/2024
    Basel
    1
    Young Boys
    0
    Super Lig
  • 30/01/2024
    Young Boys
    5
    Yverdon Sport
    1
    Super League
  • 03/02/2024
    Lausanne-Sport
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    Young Boys
    1
    Super League
  • 10/02/2024
    Lugano
    3
    Young Boys
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    Super League

Sporting Lisbon Team News

Ousmane Diomande is unlikely to come straight back into the Sporting defence having only recently returned from international duty with Ivory Coast in a triumphant AFCON campaign.

Quaresma, Coates and Goncalo Inacio should line up in an unchanged back three, while Morten Hjumland and Hidemasa Morita will likely continue their midfield partnership in a 3-4-3 formation.

Sporting Lisbon's Last 5 Matches

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    Vizela
    2
    Sporting Lisbon
    5
    Primeira Liga
  • 23/01/2024
    Sporting Braga
    1
    Sporting Lisbon
    0
    Taca da Liga
  • 29/01/2024
    Sporting Lisbon
    8
    Casa Pia
    0
    Primeira Liga
  • 07/02/2024
    Uniao de Leiria
    0
    Sporting Lisbon
    3
    Taca de Portugal
  • 11/02/2024
    Sporting Lisbon
    5
    Sporting Braga
    0
    Primeira Liga

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