On this match, Swiss and Russian vice-champions will face off, looking to go through to the Champions League’s group stage.
The swiss team will play their 2nd round in this season’s Champions League qualification, just like the Russians. This 1st leg can be completely decisive regarding which team will win this tie and qualify for the biggest club competition in the planet.
Adi Hutter’s squad will play, as I said before, the 2nd round in this European competition qualification, after eliminating Dinamo Kiev on the last round.
Advancing much thanks to a late goal scored away in Kiev, which allowed them, along with the result they achieved at home, to send the Ukrainian vice-champions packing, on a remarkable performance by the Swiss.
The team has been having a very interesting start of season, winning almost every match they played, despite slipping up hard on their last swiss championship match, getting beat 4-0 at home by Thun.
In that match, Hutter opted to promote some rotation, resting some key players (probably in anticipation of this match against CSKA).
In any way, the team is strong at home (and they proved it against Dinamo, for example) and should be hard to beat in Bern.
From the away side, the Russian squad has also played some official matches in this new season, achieving positive results, with their only defeats being at home curiously.
Just like Young Boys, the team from the Russian capital arrives in this round after eliminating AEK Athens (3-0 on aggregate).
On their last Russian league match, they won against Spartak Moscow, rivals and current title holders, which can give them extra motivation coming into this match in Switzerland.
Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow Pick:
As I said before, Young Boys tends to be strong at home, with the biggest and newest example of that being their win against Dinamo Kiev on the last round.
Where the team dominated the match and, naturally, won 2-0, which allowed them to tie the aggregate score at 3-3, but going through due to the “away goals” rule.
After Adi Hutter has rested some of their players, which backfired and resulted in a suboptimal result, it is expected that the team goes into this match in excellent physical condition and is able to get a good result against the Russians.
I believe that, considering all I’ve mentioned, this Swiss side will at least be able to get the draw in this match, and postpone the decision to the 2nd leg in Russian territory.