Our football match prediction:
NSK Olimpijs’kyj will host Thursday’s football game between Dynamo Kiev and Young Boys. The Ukrainian side aim to cement top position in Group B, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Following a 3-1 win over Skenderbeu in their Europa League opener, Dynamo came from two goals behind to beat Partizan in Belgrade and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Young Boys. Key player Yarmolenko left the club in the summer transfer window, but he has not been sorely missed in the Europa League group stages and we predict that the Ukrainian side are going to extend their winning run in Group B. Young Boys are tough to beat home ground (artificial grass), but they often struggle on the travels and we believe that the Swiss side are going to return to Bern empty-handed. When the two teams met in the Champions League qualifiers in Kiev earlier this season Dynamo recorded a 3-1 win over Young Boys.
Highligted Player (Mykola Morozyuk):
Product of the club, Mycola Morozyuk is the 28-year-old right midfielder, who can effectively be deployed at right back as well. Having begun his career with the Kyiv giants in 2005, Morozyuk struggled to make his mark in the first team and was transferred to Metalurh Donetsk in 2010, the same year he was give his international debut. More than 120 appearances later and loans at the likes of Dnipro and Obolon Kyiv, the Ukrainian midfielder returned home to Dynamo Kyiv in 2015. Mycola Morozyuk was unfortunate to make an immediate impression following his return to the club he began his professional career with as he suffered a serious ligament injury at the beginning of 2016. Ligament issue limited his influence to mere 13 league appearances so far, but the 28-year-old lacks no motivation to finally earn his stripes with the Ukrainian giants.
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.