Red Star Belgrade will host Young Boys at the Stadion Rajko Mitic on Tuesday night as the pair do battle in the final round of this year’s Champions League qualifiers. Neither side could find a winning goal last time out as they held one another to a draw in the reverse fixture, meaning this game should be a fantastic watch as they look to seal their spot in the group stages.
Red Star Belgrade are unbeaten in five outings in all competitions, drawing three times and winning twice. Against FC Copenhagen they were victors over two legs via a penalty shoot-out after two 1-1 draws home and away, which sandwiched a comfortable 2-0 beating of Mladost Lucani in the league. Following their progression to this stage, Red Star then beat FK Spartak Subotica in a thrilling matchup away from home, with the final score reading 2-3 as they fought from 1-0 down to grab an impressive three points. Last time out, Red Star took a good draw from Switzerland where goals from Milos Degenek and Matep Ezequiel Garcia prevented a loss.
Young Boys are yet to taste defeat in competitive fixtures during this campaign, winning four of their opening six matches and keeping three clean sheets. At the beginning of August they beat Lugano by two goals to nil, which set them up perfectly for a tough couple of weeks ahead. A 2-3 victory over St Gallen succeeded that result, thanks to Jean pierre Nsame’s winner after their hosts came from two goals down. The encounter with Red Star Belgrade didn’t quite go to plan despite scoring twice themselves, and they now have an uphill task to either win on aggregate or score more away goals if it comes down to that. A 4-0 seeing off of FC Zurich was exactly what Young Boys needed going into this clash.
Both sides have been in magnificent scoring form during recent weeks, with Young Boys last three games all having at least four goals, nine of which have added to their end of the scoreline. There have been nine goals in Red Star’s last two matches alone.
Both teams have scored in four of Red Star Belgrade’s last five matches, which is evidence of a rather weak defence despite their record of not losing in five games. Young Boys have shipped goals in two of their previous three outings, so they too have been lacklustre at the back in spite of their positive displays.
Both teams have scored in at least their last seven matches, with Red Star edging it having hit the net in ten on the bounce.
Young Boys have netted nine times in just their last three games.
Young Boys are unbeaten in seven outings, while Red Star are undefeated in five.
Branko Jovicic is expected to sit out many of Red Star’s games in the near future due to a torn knee ligament, while Milan Pavkov is also unlikely to feature for a while having missed six games already through injury. Fans will be hoping Richmond Boakye can recapture his scoring touch here after he went on a run of three goals in five Champions League qualifying matches.
There are four injury problems for Young Boys to worry about ahead of this one, with Marvin Spielmann out with an ankle issue. Mohamed Ali Camara could also be forced out here as he recovers from a shin injury, while both Sandro Lauper and Miralem Sulejmani are not expected to play any part as they continue to get closer to their respective returns. Jean Pierre Nsame has gotten on the scoresheet five times in four games, although he’ll be aiming to score in the Champions League this time around with all five strikes arriving domestically.