By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 27th November 2018
Nothing is certain when Manchester United take to the Old Trafford pitch but on Tuesday the Red Devils will be on the brink of Champions League qualification. They host Swiss side Young Boys knowing a win could see them progress from Group H.
Man United vs Young Boys: odds and predictions
Jose Mourinho’s side come into this fixture as betting favourites with their odds priced up at 1/4. Young Boys meanwhile are unfancied at a huge 12/1 pick whilst the William Hill traders have placed a draw at 24/5.
Sitting just two points behind Juventus and another two ahead of Valencia, Manchester United could wrap up qualification for the Champions League knock-outs should they beat Young Boys and Valencia – who play Juventus at the same – lose or draw to the Old Lady.
Their odds in the Champions League outright markets were cut dramatically after their shock 2-1 win away to Juventus. United are projected at 25/1 to win Europe’s premier competition whilst Juventus trade at 11/2.
Our Man United vs Young Boys predictions and betting tips are backing a straight-forward home win for the Red Devils.
Head-to-Head record: Manchester United have only ever crossed paths with Young Boys once in their entire history – earlier this year when United won 3-0.
Man United vs Young Boys predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
The Red Devils emphatically defeated their Swiss counterparts earlier this season in Bern, coming out on top 3-0 thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. The first instalment of our Man United vs Young Boys predictions and betting tips are backing United to repeat their result at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s men have recorded two wins, a draw and a loss so far in the Champions League but recent form as not been kind.
Four wins in their last 12 competitive matches points is indicative of a side that has struggled for consistency in an up and down season. Young Boys however should represent ample pickings having shipped three goals against every other team in Group H. The odds of a 3-0 defeat for the Swiss champions are wagering at 13/2.
Gerardo Seoane has seen his side concede a huge 10 goals in this Champions League season already but worse still has been the attacking output of his players.
Roger Assale’s strike and Guillaume Hoarau’s penalty in both games against Valencia have been their sole strikes during this European campaign, helping them earn just the sole point so far. In fact, Young Boys have the lowest shot conversion rate in the Champions League this season, converting just two of their 53 total shots (4%).
They must contest with a Manchester United defence that conceded just two goals (both against Juventus) in the four Champions League games they have played so far.
Goal-scorer tips: Romelu Lukaku to score two or more, trading at 4/1
The statisticians will tell you Romelu Lukaku has not scored for Manchester United since September 15th, a run of 11 matches. That said, the Belgian center forward did find himself benched for several games in October and November and managed a brace on international duty last month.
The final instalment of our Man United predictions and betting tips are backing Lukaku to break his buck with aplomb. Lukaku has form against perceived ‘lower’ sides whilst his record in the Champions League last season was pretty solid.
Five goals in eight appearances proved Lukaku’s European goal-scoring repertoire whilst his current, healthy average of 2.3 shots per game is much higher than his Premier League average of 1.8 shots per game.
Man United vs Young Boys predictions: Opta stats
- Young Boys are winless in all three of their previous away games against English sides (0-4 vs Spurs in 2010, 2-2 vs Liverpool in 2012 and 1-3 vs Everton in 2015).
- Manchester United are winless in their last three Champions League home games (D1 L2) – in all European competitions, they’ve never gone four without a win at Old Trafford.
- Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in his three previous appearances against Young Boys, with all five coming in his two games against them for Everton in the 2014-15 Europa League.
- Paul Pogba had a hand in all three of Man Utd’s goals in the reverse fixture against Young Boys, scoring twice and assisting another.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.