Young Boys v Sparta Praha

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Venue: Stade De Suisse Wankdorf Bern
Kick off time: 20:05 hrs BST

Group I of the UEFA Europa League will see Swiss side Young Boys go up against Sparta Praha in the last group fixture on Thursday night. The group is currently led by the visitors with 10 points from 5 games while Napoli are second in the group. The Italians are expected to go through by beating Slovan Bratislava in the other tie in this group. Young Boys have 9 points from 5 games and will need a victory to make sure of qualification into round 2.

Young Boys’ form: W-W-W-W-W

The hosts are coming into this one on the backs of a 100 percent record in their last five competitive fixtures. Their last foray in the tournament had ended in a 3-1 win away from home at bottom side Slovan Bratislava.

The side have also won against Thun, Sankt Gallen, Luzern, and Grasshoppers in the Swiss top division in the rest of the four matches besides the one against Bratislava in the Europa League. Young boys have scored 11 goals and conceded 4 during this time.

Sparta Praha’s form: D-W-D-W-W

The visitors are also undefeated in their last five competitive fixtures. However, the side have won 3 of these matches and drawn a couple. One of these drawn matches was a goalless encounter against Napoli in the last matchday in the Europa League.

The other drawn match was 1-1 away at Pribram in the domestic league. Sparta have won a couple on the bounce coming into this one. The first of them was a 2-0 win away from home at Vysocina Jihlava, followed by a 3-1 win at home at the weekend against Pribram.

Key Players

Young Boys: 23 year old midfielder Renato Steffen has been pulling the strings for his side from the middle of the park. He has also chipped in with important goals this term which makes him a threat for the opposition.

Sparta Praha: David Lafata has scored 5 goals in as many games in the competition this year and the home side will be wary of the sight of him come Thursday night.

Betting Advice

The home side are expected to win and go through here. Back them to do so at a decent price of 2.63.