Slovakia's Slovan Bratislava and Switzerland’s Young Boys will meet on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round to kick off their journeys in the league path of the competition. The teams will meet at Slovan Bratislava’s Tehlne Pole Stadium in the first leg and seven days later will play in Bern for the second fixture at the Wankdorf Stadium.

Slovan Bratislava reached the second qualifying round with a 3-2 aggregate win over Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers in the first qualifying round. After a 2-0 win at home in the first leg, the Slovakian team lost 2-1 in Dublin. Head coach Vladimir Weiss will hope the team can take advantage of home-field advantage in the first leg once more.

Young Boys have won the Swiss Super League four seasons on the bounce. Despite dominating the domestic league over the last four seasons, Young Boys have not translated that success over to the Champions League. The 2018-19 Champions League campaign was the last time Young Boys reached the competition’s group stage.

Each of the last two seasons saw Young Boys knocked out of the Champions League in the playoff round. This time around, they must qualify for the group stage by going through the second, third, and playoff qualifying rounds. Slovan Bratislav are aiming to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time. Their previous two Champions League qualifying campaigns saw them lose in the first qualifying round.

Slovan Bratislava vs Young Boys Betting Odds

 

Slovan Bratislava have not begun their domestic campaign in Slovakia, but have played two matches in the Champions League first qualifying round. The Slovakians have also played four times in friendly matches. They gain three wins against the likes of Kapfenberger, Orenburg, and Admira Wacker. Slovan Bratislava also picked up a 1-1 draw with Fastav Zlin.

Leading bookies have the Slovakian champions as the underdogs for the game versus Young Boys. Slovan Bratislava are at odds of 3/1 to win the match and take the lead to Switzerland for next week’s game. Like Slovan Bratislava, Young Boys won’t kick off the league season until the weekend when they play Luzern. Leading bookies have the Bern-based club as favourites, however. Young Boys are at odds of 10/11 to claim a first leg win and advantage for the home fixture in Switzerland.

Young Boys have been the breeding ground for excellent managers in recent seasons. Former coach Adi Hutter excelled at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Borussia Monchengladbach this summer. Coach Gerardo Seoane led the team deep into the Europa League last term along with winning the Swiss league. It led to his appointment as Bayer Leverkusen boss this summer.

Young Boys will be overseen this term by David Wagner, a surprise appointment. After a bright start to management at Huddersfield, Wagner left the club with them headed for relegation from the Premier League. His time at Schalke started brightly until being sacked last season with the Blues relegated at the end of the Bundesliga campaign.

Slovan Bratislava vs Young Boys Team News

Young Boys have played four preseason friendlies in the build-up to the match. They posted wins against Neuchatel Xmax 4-1 and Feyenoord 2-1, but lost 1-0 to Rheindorf Altach. Young Boys also managed a 2-2 draw with Stasbourg. Wagner has not new injury issues to report ahead of the game.

Jean-Pierre Nsame led Young Boys in goals last season with 19 in the Swiss Super League. He added eight assists for the team. Nsame was brilliant for Young Boys and made the attack click. He had been linked with a transfer to Newcastle United, but those reports have died down. Jordan Pefok tallied 12 goals and four assists for Young Boys in 2020-21. The American forward joined Young Boys permanently this summer from France’s Rennes.

Several players have been brought in for Slovan Bratislava for the new season. Midfielder Jaromir Zmrhal is arguably the most impressive name on the team’s transfer signing list for the new season. Zmrhal joined the club from Italy’s Brescia.

Slovan Bratislav needed a late goal in regulation against Shamrock Rovers in the second leg of their first qualifying round match. Vladimir Weiss Jr scored the goal with 16 minutes left on the clock to send Slovan Bratislava through. Weiss Jr will be an important figure in the tie versus Young Boys.

Slovan Bratislava vs Young Boys Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @4/7 - BET NOW

 

Slovan Bratislava struggled to break down Shamrock Rovers in the second leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie. Weiss Jr’s late goal sent the team through after a strong performance from Rovers at home.

Slovan Bratislava could benefit from playing at home, but Young Boys are a good team and a big step-up in quality. This why for my first Slovan Bratislava vs Young betting tip I am backing BTTS No.

Jean-Pierre Nsame to score anytime

Nsame is set to stay at Young Boys, at least for now, and should feature for the team against Slovan Bratislava. The 28-year-old bagged 26 goals in 42 matches in 2020-21 in all competitions. Nsame has tallied a whooping 98 goals in 173 appearances for the Swiss team.

Last season Nsame stepped up on the European competition football stage by scoring seven goals in 11 matches. Nsame should have a field day against the Czech side which is why my second SLovan Bratislava vs Young Boys betting tips is Jean-Pierre Nsame to score anytime.

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 23/20 - BET NOW

 

Young Boys were brilliant in defence last season in the Swiss Super League conceding just 29 times. They conceded an average of 0.81 goals per match in the league and should be a difficult team to break down for Slovan Bratislava. Wagner should install his gegenpressing tactics to the team. It could take a little while for the players to get it, but once they do, Young Boys could win a fifth straight league title.

There is no doubt, Slovan Bratislava are a step down from Young Boys in terms of talent. They had to dig deep against Shamrock Rovers to overcome a two-goal deficit late in the second leg of their first qualifying round match. Young Boys should be too strong and claim an away win in Slovakia.

Expect the Czech to park the bus in this tie which is why my third Slovan Bratislava vs Young Boys predictions is under 2.5 goals.