BSC Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb
2018-19 Champions League Qualification Play-off
Date: Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade de Suisse (Bern).
BSC Young Boys are looking to qualify for their maiden Champions League group stage appearance and their hurdle comes in the form of an experienced and tricky custodian in Dinamo Zagreb.
Crowned Swiss Super League Champions last season, the Young Boys booked the direct ticket to the elite European competition’s play-off round.
Dinamo Zagreb started their European adventure in the second round and defeated two solid sides in FC Astana and Hapoel Beer Sheva.
The Croats made back-to-back group stage appearances at Champions League in 2015/16 and 2016/17, but failed to make it here last season.
Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb Key Stats & Streaks
Young Boys are unbeaten in competitive matches so far this season – 4 straight league wins and a win in the cup match on penalties; scored 14 goals, conceded 4.
At home, the Boys won the two games so far with clean sheets.
Zagreb are unbeaten in 8 competitive games so far this season, 6 wins and 2 draws, scored 18 and conceded 5.
Their two away games during the period are Champions League fixtures, a 2-0 win at Astana and 2-2 draw at Beer Sheva.
Young Boys saw mixed results in Champions League home games, still they were often drawn against some top sides in recent seasons. Tottenham, Monaco, Fenerbahce, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev CSKA Moscow and Monchengladbach are the last 7 teams they met and have a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses.
Dinamo Zagreb are unbeaten in their last 16 away games in the qualifying round of Champions League, won 13 and drew 3.
BSC Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb Head-to-head
The teams are meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition.
BSC Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb Prediction
The bookies consider Young Boys to win the first leg as well as the tie over two legs. But, I am afraid they have undervalued the potential of the team from Zagreb.
As you can see from our statistical analysis that Dinamo are unbeaten in 16 away matches in the qualifiers. This could mean that they have a good chance of keeping things tight in Bern this Wednesday.
On the other hand, Young Boys are a team that win ties on the back of home results alone. They had been battered heavily in road games more often.
This means Young Boys will have to take the attack here, unfortunately this plays straight into the hands of Dinamo who are smart enough to punish on the counter.
To sum this up, I simply don’t see the Swiss side getting a win here.
BSC Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb Betting Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Zagreb @ 2.10 (11/10)
Zagreb to score at least once goal – Over 0.5 team goal @ 10/21 (1.47).