Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Lugano, Youngs Boys will look to return to winning ways when they face Sporting CP in the Europa League last 32, first leg. Raphael Wicky’s troops have been scoring goals for fun of late and they are likely to adopt yet another attack-oriented approach against the Lisbon Lions. January signing Joel Mvuka Mugisha is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute at the weekend, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Primeira Liga outfit, on the other hand, rolled over Braga 5-0 to retain top position in the standings and they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s clash as well. Ousmane Diomande is a major doubt, while Ivan Fresneda remains on the sidelines with injury. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Young Boys experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the draw with Lugano.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Coates):
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on October 7, 1990, Sebastian Coates is a 196-cm-tall defender who plays for Sporting CP in Primeira Liga. Coates is the product of the hometown club Nacional, and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 60 appearances for the capital club in the national championship.
After ending his spell with English club Sunderland, the Uruguay international moved to Portugal, signing a loan deal with Sporting CP in January 2016. He signed a permanent contract with the Lions in February 2017.
Speaking of his international career, Sebastian Coastes made his full Uruguay debut against Chile at the 2011 Copa America. La Celeste won the trophy, with the team beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final of the competition at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires. Coates wears the number 4 shirt at Sporting CP, and his preferred foot is right.
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.