BSC Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Play-off
Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade de Suisse Wankdorf (Bern).
It is expected to be a tough night for Young Boys and their final hurdle to cross for first Champions League appearance is a might CSKA Moscow.
Young Boys had never won a Champions League play-off, whereas CSKA won all their previous ties at this stage.
Young Boys started off their Champions League campaign in the third round of qualifiers. They defeated Ukrainian outfit FC Dynamo Kiev in dramatic fashion with the deciding goal coming in the 89th minute from 18-year-old Jordan Lotomba. They lost the first leg at Ukraine 3-1 and prevailed on away goal rule.
The Swiss club made it to the play-offs for a third time in five appearances at the competition. At the same stage last season, they suffered a heavy 9-2 loss to German club Borussia Monchengladbach. And in 2010/11, they bowed out to Tottenham Hotspur on a 6-3 aggregate defeat.
CSKA defeated Greek outfit AEK Athens by a 3-0 aggregate in the third round of qualifiers.
The Russians prevailed in their three previous appearance at the play-offs. The most recent was in 2015/2016 and defeated Portuguese outfit Sporting CP on a 4-3 aggregate. The other two teams they qualified to the group phase through play-offs was on 2006/07 and 2004/05.
Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow: Head-to-head
This is their first meeting between the two clubs.
BSC Young Boys met Russian clubs on four previous occasion. They won both their home games while losing both away legs.
On the other hand, CSKA lone Swiss opponent is FC Lausanne-Sport, whom they met during the 2010/11 Europa League group stage. The won both games, 5-1 at home and 3-0 in the away leg.
Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
Arguably, CSKA are a better side, both in quality and the experience of playing at this level. Young Boys’ record at the tournament show that they do struggle against teams of this level. Therefore, expect nothing by a comfortable win for the visiting Russians.