Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Young Boys will be aiming to build on a 2-1 win over Zurich when they host KF Tirana at their Stadion Wankdorf on Thursday evening. Young Boys are eager to bounce back from the Champions League defeat to Midtjylland, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Albanians. Over the years the Swiss outfit have turned their Stadion Wankdorf into a real fortress, and they are unlikely to face any difficulties in the Europa League playoffs.
FK Tirana, on the other hand, suffered elimination to Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League second qualifying round. The Albanian champions obviously struggle in front of goal, and given the number of high-profile footballers in Gerardo Seoane’s team, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Cameroon international Jean-Pierre Nsame, who scored 32 goals in the Swiss Super League last term, will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Frederik Sorensen):
Frederik Sorensen is a Danish footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Koln as a defender. He plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a right back as well. Sorensen was born in Copenhagen on 14 April, 1992 and he played for the likes of Roskilde KFUM, Himmelev-Veddelev, FC Roskilde and Lyngby during his youth career.
The 194-cm-tall defender was spotted by Juventus scouts in 2010 and on 27 August he officially signed a contract with the “Old Lady”. Nonetheless, Sorensen made no more than 17 league appearances for Juve between 2010 and 2012. On 17 January, 2012 he joined Bologna for a fee of € 2.5 million and he made 42 league appearances for the Rossoblu, scoring two goals for the club.
After ending his loan spell with Verona in 2015, he signed a deal with Koln for €1.6 million and he has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. Frederik Sorensen has 15 caps for Denmark U21 team and he played for the U20 and the U17 team as well.
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.