Football betting tips and predictions for tonight’s Young Boys v Everton Euorpa League match.
Everton travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys of Bern in the Europa League on Thursday night. Despite their name, this tie certainly won’t be Men vs. Boys. Sorry.
Young Boys v Everton Preview:
The Swiss side finished second in their group behind Napoli but managed to notch an impressive 2-0 home win over Rafa Benitez’s side along the way. They won all 3 of their home games in the group, keeping 3 clean sheets in the process. Everton will surely face an uphill battle trying to take a first leg lead away from the Stade De Suisse. French striker Guillaume Hoarau already has 5 goals from 6 matches in the competition so far and he must be confident of adding to his tally against The Toffees.
Everton’s away form in the competition is decent, notching two draws and a win away from Goodison. However, The Toffees’ domestic results have been very inconsistent. Of late however, Everton have been improving defensively, keeping clean sheets in their last 4 games in all competitions. Martinez has changed the balance of his side to focus on being hard to beat. How they needed this change of tact, because their early season form was bordering on relegation standard, winning just 1 of their opening 7 games.
Everton’s previous 6 games in the Premier League have finished with less than 2 goals. They have made a clear and obvious decision to tighten up their shape and it is for this reason I expect a very tight game in Switzerland. Young Boys have a very free scoring attack domestically, but Everton will be a different class to the teams they usually face. With an away leg of a two-legged tie, the travelling team is never usually expected to come out and try and win. Everton proved against a top quality Chelsea side that they have the ability to frustrate even the best of teams away from home. I can see this game stagnating and Everton using their tactical nous to do the same to Young Boys. Therefore, my first football betting tip for this match is for Under 2.5 goals to be scored.
The best odds for under 2.5 goals tonight can be found with Bet365 at 4/5.
Young Boys are undefeated at home in the Europa League this season, whilst Everton are undefeated away from home. With this in mind, and with the tactics I expect Everton to deploy, I expect a stalemate in this match. I cannot see any edge given. The Europa League is Everton’s only chance of silverware this season and if they come away from Bern with a draw, they will be delighted. At Goodison, Everton will know that they can win; the crowd will be right behind them and they have the quality to score goals. In this away leg I expect them to be compact and rigid in formation, looking to break and try to catch the Swiss side on the break. Therefore, my second betting tip is for Young Boys vs. Everton to finish as a draw.
The best odds for the draw between Young Boys and Everton can be found with Ladbrokes at 12/5.
I am going to make a correct score prediction for the second time this season. My first pick was for Man United to beat Cambridge 3-0 in their FA Cup replay and I was correct. I don’t like correct score predictions and I dislike 0-0 predictions even more, mainly due to their negative nature. However, if Everton perform as they have been performing of late, they won’t concede. Nor will they score. My third and final betting tip is for the match to finish 0-0. The best odds can be found with Coral at 9/1 – make sure you bet on ‘no goalscorer’ rather than 0-0 at the same odds incase there is an own goal.
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