Basel vs Young Boys Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
FC Basel vs Young Boys prediction before a fascinating clash on top of the table when both sides will meet at “St. Jakob-Park” on Sunday, 5 November 2017. Hosts from Basel and their opponents from Bern were both involved in the midweek European round and they need to forget these nights when heading to round 14 of the Swiss Super League. Find out what our betting experts have to say in a detailed match preview, free betting tips and predictions.
H2H History: FC Basel vs BSC Young Boys
It is interesting to note that Basel lost just two times in the 2016-17 Super League season and they both were when visiting Bern to face the Young Boys, 2:1 and 3:1 respectively. This forms a streak that has been maintained in the new campaign as the Bernese club already won 2:0 against Basel in opening round of the season. Thus Young Boys are unbeaten in their last four matches with Basel and have won three of them, all at home turf.
Basel’s most recent success against the Young Boys was in August 2016 (3:0), which was the last of four consecutive wins over the Bern outfit.
Swiss Super League: Basel vs Young Boys 05.11.2017
Surprisingly, Basel shows downtrend and “The RotBlau” will celebrate their 124th anniversary away from the first position. It is up to them will they stay close behind the leaders – Young Boys, or the seven-points distance will either remain the same or will be increased.
As we’ve mentioned, Basel lost two league games only in the last term and they already have more defeats (3) after 13 rounds in the 2017-18 season. Not the best beginning of Raphaël Wicky’s managerial career, who previously led different youth formations in Basel. He also missed a great opportunity to make a decisive step forward into the UEFA Champions League knockout phase when Basel took the lead but eventually lost (1:2) to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.
Young Boys will mark their 120th anniversary in March and the Bernese club is surely tempted to lift the Swiss Super League trophy for the first time after 1986. That’s a very serious challenge as Zürich were the only ones who have managed to cut Basel’s domestic hegemony since the Super League has been established in 2003. Moreover, Basel is the Swiss champion in the past 8 seasons but Young Boys were runner-ups in the last three of them, so they seem ready to take the next step.
Meanwhile, Young Boys have began their European journey in the Champions League as a Swiss vice-champion, where they initially won over Dynamo Kyiv, but lost a two-legged matchup vs Basel’s last opponent, CSKA Moscow, later on. As a result of the lost Champions League playoff, Young Boys seek consolation in the UEFA Europa League groups where they remain without a victory in four rounds. Anyway, despite losing (0:1) to Dynamo Kyiv (both sides were drawn together again) at home on Thursday night, the Swiss side still keeps a decent chance to claim the second 1/16 final spot, if we assume that the Ukrainians are almost certain for the first position.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Adi Hütter’s men have won 29 points in 13 games and are those with most goals scored (32), as well as the second team with least goals conceded (11). Only Zürich have conceded less – 10.
Both wingers Christian Fassnacht (5) and Miralem Sulejmani (4) have scored 9 goals in the Super League, while the two central forwards Roger Assale (6) and Jean-Pierre Nsame (8) have added 14 more. This means that 23 out of 32 goals are scored by the attacking quartet, so we don’t have any doubts about these positions in the 4-4-2 formation preferred by Adi Hütter. The 47-years-old Austrian will probably use the same lineup as in the midweek, since he can’t rely on the injured midfielder Leonardo Bertone (2 goals in 5 games), winger Taulant Seferi, and experienced French striker Guillaume Hoarau (1 goal).
Basel hopes to benefit from the two days more they had to rest and to fully concentrate over the upcoming Super League weekend. Unfortunately, Raphaël Wicky has a serious blow in defense where captain Marek Suchy is suspended and will miss out, so Wicky must either find a reliable replacement in the centre-back trio, or he must choose a different formation. One of the options is to use vice-captain Michael Lang as a centre-back and to start with Omar Gaber as a right-back, but we believe that Raphaël Wicky will probably switch to a defensive foursome, what he already did several times in the last few weeks.
In addition to a suspended Czech defender, Basel’s boss remains without injured reserve goalkeeper Germano Vailati, whose absence is not from such a concern, but that of Ricky van Wolfswinkel surely is. Dutch striker has scored 7 goals in 9 league appearances and in his absence Wicky must once again choose between the following youngsters: Dimitri Oberlin, Afimico Pululu, Cedric Itten and Albian Ajeti.
Basel vs Young Boys Prediction and Betting Tips
Maybe Basel doesn’t seem to be as sharp as in previous years but “The RotBlau” have built an image of a very solid host. Both losses to Lausanne Sport early in September and to CSKA Moscow only a few days ago were two of these rare defeats that Basel suffers at home and we definitely expect something else against Young Boys.
We believe that Basel can end the winless streak against Young Boys and our betting prediction is backing the home side – Basel to win (1X2 Betting).
Possible Lineups of Basel and Young Boys
Venue: “St. Jakob-Park”, Basel.
Referee: Sandro Schärer.
FC Basel 1893: Tomas Vaclik – Raoul Petretta, Eder Balanta, Manuel Akanji, Michael Lang – Taulant Xhaka, Luca Zuffi – Kevin Bua, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Renato Steffen – Albian Ajeti. (4-2-3-1)
BSC Young Boys: David von Ballmoos – Kevin Mbabu, Steve von Bergen, Kasim Nuhu, Jordan Lotomba – Miralem Sulejmani, Michel Aebischer, Djibril Sow, Christian Fassnacht – Roger Assale, Jean-Pierre Nsame. (4-4-2)