Valencia v Young Boys: Both sides in need of crucial win to keep hopes aliveNovember 7, 2018
Valencia need to win as they look to put pressure on Manchester United in the race to qualify from Group H.
Valencia vs Young Boys – Estadio de Mestalla Stadium – Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 – Kick-off time: 5:55pm BST
When both sides last faced off after sharing the spoils (1-1) two weeks ago, that left their chances of qualifying hanging by a thread. Both teams haven’t won in the Champions League this season and will be hoping Juventus continue to be the runaway leaders of the group.
The Bats continued their dismal campaign last weekend losing to injury-hit Girona and now Marcelino’s men have gone 15 games into this season, winning only twice.
Bottom of the group Young Boys have a single point in Europe this season and arrive in Spain where their only win came back in 2009, when they beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the Europa League.
The Swiss champions head into this important fixture unbeaten in their last five in all competitions and were 3-0 victors on Saturday against Grasshoppers but alongside their Spanish counterparts, they are two of the four sides with just one goal in their opening three Champions League fixtures.
Target man Guillaume Hoarau has got on the scoresheet in five of his last six appearances and will be hoping to add to his tally as Valencia have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their last eight home games.
Los Che have the worst conversion rate in the Champions League this season (2.27%) and will need the likes of Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi to score again, like he did in the previous fixture.
Valencia are set to make late calls on captain Daniel Parejo (abdominal injury) and Russian international Denis Cheryshev (calf injury) after both missed their side’s last few games.
Marcelino will be without right back Cristiano Piccini who suffered a calf injury when both sides last met.
For Gerardo Seoane, he will continue to be without long term absentees Jordan Mvula Lotomba (knee), Pedro Teixeira and Gregory Wuthrich (thigh).
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gayá; Soler, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Guedes; Rodrigo, Batshuayi.
Young Boys (4-4-2): von Ballmoos, Mbabu, Lauper, von Bergen, Benito; Fassnacht, Sow, Sanogo, Sulejmani; Assale, Hoarau
Valencia are all over the place this season, but a vital win here could form a platform to build on. Young Boys on the other hand have done well domestically and will be once again hoping to show what they can do against bigger sides.
Valencia 1-1 Young Boys