Young Boys vs Manchester City Prediction - Soccer Picks 10/25/23
Young Boys (0-1-1) vs Manchester City (2-0-0)
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 3 pm (Stadion Wankdorf)
Young Boys +1500/Manchester City -500 - Over/Under: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday, 25 October 2023, with Round 3 tilt between Young Boys and Manchester City at Stadion Wankdorf. The reigning European champions are big favorites here, while the hosts will be looking to make a shock and avoid defeat. Manchester City won six points from the opening two games and are first in Group G. Young Boys have one point and are 3rd in the standings. Have a look at our Young Boys vs Manchester City betting preview and prediction.
Young Boys (Form and News)
Swiss champions Young Boys face the toughest test of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) campaign so far when they host defending champions Manchester City. The Bern outfit finished bottom of the pile in their only two prior UCL group-stage appearances, and with their next two assignments coming against Pep Guardiola’s juggernauts, they may find themselves staring down that barrel once again.
Raphaël Wicky’s side are currently on one point after a 2-2 draw against Red Star Belgrade followed their 3-1 loss at home against RB Leipzig. However, Young Boys can draw inspiration from their impressive performances against Manchester United the last time they shared a group with an English club, winning 2-1 at home and drawing 1-1 away in that 2021/22 Group F campaign, although it is likely that their record of losing six of their ten games against English sides (W2, D2) will get worse on Wednesday night.
Hot stat: Young Boys have been trailing at half-time in only two of their last 23 matches.
Player to watch: Cedric Itten may hold the key to Young Boys getting anything from this game since he’s never lost when getting the scoresheet for the club (W20, D2).
Midfielder Kastriot Imeri is the only unavailable player for Young Boys as he is still recovering from a knee injury.
Manchester City (Form and News)
As expected, City sit at the summit of Group G as things stand following 3-1 victories over both Red Star Belgrade and RB Leipzig. They will be looking to power clear at the top in the doubleheader against Young Boys in pursuit of finishing first in the group for a seventh successive season.
Back-to-back wins would see City reach the UCL knockouts for an incredible 11th consecutive campaign, a streak that proved futile until last season's breakthrough triumph. They then underlined their continental dominance by claiming the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in their history too, and with that win contributing to their current 16-game unbeaten run in European competitions (W11, D5), anything but three points for the visitors here would be considered a huge shock.
Player to watch: City’s destroyer Erling Haaland is seemingly hard to stop once he gets started since 11 of his 20 goalscoring outings in the UCL have seen him net more than once.
Pep Guardiola is still without injured Kevin De Bruyne, who will miss the group phase of UCL with a thigh injury.
Young Boys vs Manchester City H2H Record
Young Boys and Manchester City have never met before.
Young Boys vs Manchester City Odds
Young Boys are heavy underdogs at +1500; a draw is at +700, while Manchester City are serious favorites at -500. Those who like to bet on goals can take Over 2.5 at -200 or Under 2.5 at +176. If you think both teams will score here, you can back BTTS YES at +115 or BTTS No at -128. Check out more Champions League odds here.
Young Boys vs Manchester City Betting Pick
Backing Man City to win at such low odds is not something I’d suggest. Even a -1.5 spread on the visitors is out of the question. The Citizens are not playing very well of late; they lost three of the previous five matches and conceded at least one goal in each game in the process. That’s why I hope Young Boys can find the back of the net in this one.
The Swiss champions failed to score just twice in 16 games this season, while Manchester City allowed at least a goal in each of the last six away matches. I have no doubt about City’s goalscoring prowess, and I am sure they will score multiple goals without problems here. However, I am not convinced with the way their defense is playing in the last few weeks. I back both teams to score.