Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After sharing the spoils with Inter in the Serie A derby, Atalanta will look to return to winning ways when they take on Young Boys in the Champions League round 2. The Orobici have been showing signs of improvement of late, and, as a result, the bookies see them as favourites to win Wednesday’s clash. Even though important attacker Luis Muriel remains in the recovery room, home win should be considered as Atalanta have turned their Gewiss Stadium into a real fortress.
Right-back Hans Hateboer is yet another absentee in the home team. Young Boys, on the other hand, did well to beat ten-man Manchester United in their Champions League opener. The Swiss champions, though, are not regarded as good travelers, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Atalanta, who shared the spoils with Villarreal in their first group game. Midfielder Christian Fassnacht, who limped off with injury in the 2-1 win over St. Gallen at the weekend, is unlikely to feature against the Orobici.
Highlighted Player (Duvan Zapata):
Duvan Zapata was born in Cali, Colombia on 1 April, 1991. The 186-cm-tall attacker started his youth career at America de Cali, playing for the club between 2004 and 2008. In 2008 he made his debut for the first team and three years later he scored his first hat-trick for the Colombian outfit, in a 3-2 win over Deportivo Pereira.
In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Estudiantes and he found the net for the Argentine team on his debut against Belgrano. After scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances for Estudiantes, the Colombian striker joined Napoli in 2013, but he failed to establish himself as a first-choice attacker.
On 22 July, 2015 Zapata joined fellow Serie A team Udinese on loan and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 24 league appearances for the Zebrette. Duvan Zapata has 5 caps for Colombia U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Highlighted Team (Young Boys):
Just five years after its foundation Young Boys won their first Swiss Super League trophy (1903). The capital club won no less than 11 domestic trophies in the 20th century, but they have been in Basel’s shadow in the last two decades. Young Boys won their last Swiss Super League title back in 1986, while lifting their last Swiss Cup trophy in 1987.
The Yellow and Blacks welcome their rivals at Stade de Suisse, which acts as a national stadium and it has to be noted that they play their home games on artificial turf. Swiss football legend Stephane Chapuisat played for the club in the past and you should bear in mind that former Yugoslavia coach Vujadin Boskov played for the Stade de Suisse outfit in the past as well.
Young Boys played their first official game on 29 June, 1898 and they shared the spoils with Institute Grunau back then. The Swiss team participated in the 2016/2017 Champions League qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the group stages of the elite competition.