Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Young Boys play host to Slovan Bratislava at their Stadion Wankdorf in the Champions League second qualifying round, return leg. The Swiss champions failed to impress in the goalless draw at Tehelne pole, but it is well known that they produce much better showings at home than on the travels. All Pierre Nsame, Nico Maier, and Fabian Lustenberger have all been struggling with injuries of late.
Slovan Bratislava, on the other hand, head into the match following a thrilling 4-1 win over Mikulas in the Slovakian top flight. Vladimir Weiss’ troops aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but beating Young Boys in Bern is easier said than done. The Swiss champions looked sharp in front of goal in a 4-3 win over Luzern at the weekend, and they are surely capable of beating Slovan at home ground. Important defender Jurij Medvedev is sidelined with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Fabian Lustenberger):
Fabian Lustenberger is a Swiss player who was born on 2 May, 1988 in Nebikon. The defensive midfielder started his senior career at FC Luzern and he played 34 league matches for the club between 2005 and 2007. Lustenberger joined Hertha Berlin in August, 2007 and it has to be noted that he made 24 league appearances for the capital club in the 2007/2008 Bundesliga campaign.
Despite the fact that Hertha dropped to 2. Bundesliga at the end of the 2009/2010 season, the Swiss footballer decided not to leave the club in the summer transfer window. In 2013 Hertha returned to the German top flight and Lustenberger has been the team’s captain ever since.
The 180-cm-tall footballer has 25 caps for Switzerland U21 team and he made his debut for the Switzerland national team on 15 November, 2013 in a friendly against Korea Republic. His brother is a football player as well and he currently plays for the FC Luzern reserve team. Fabian Lustenberger’s contract with Hertha expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.