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Manchester United vs Young Boys: Swiss to make Red Devils wait

Manchester United vs Young Boys Match Preview and Predictions

Manchester United will be through to the knockout stage of the Champions League if they beat Young Boys on Tuesday night, and Valencia fail to beat Juventus.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

United avenged their defeat by Juventus at Old Trafford with a stunning, if slightly fortunate, 2-1 comeback victory in Turin last time out, a result which has now put them on the brink of making it to the last 16.

With just one point from four games, the Swiss champions are effectively playing for third place and a spot in the Europa League but must win if they are to stand any chance of overhauling Valencia, who have a four-point advantage.

Match information

When is it? Tuesday 27th November

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? Old Trafford

Which channel is it on? BT Sport Extra

Manchester United vs Young Boys Betting Tips

The lowdown

United's 3-0 victory two months ago gave us 3/4 and 7/4 winners in the match result and half-time/full-time markets, but our biggest success came in nailing Paul Pogba as first goalscorer at 15/2.

Jose Mourinho's men are a skinny 1/4 to repeat September's success and with so much riding on the game it's hard to see beyond a victory for United.

Young Boys ended Basel's run of eight successive titles last season and are well on their way to winning the Swiss league again, having won 13 of their first 15 matches.

But they came up short in September and the first of our Manchester United vs Young Boys predictions is for United to win to nil at 1/1.

The Red Devils have kept just two clean sheets in 13 Premier League matches this season, but the Swiss Super League does not really compare and we fancy them to keep Young Boys at bay just as they did against Valencia at the start of October and Crystal Palace on Saturday, even though they failed to find the net at the weekend.

First goalscorer tips

Manchester United had injury concerns concerning Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini ahead of Saturday's clash with Palace but all five players were passed fit.

Martial looks the obvious candidate to open the scoring on Tuesday after joining players like Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Eric Cantona in becoming the seventh United player to score in five consecutive Premier League matches with his converted penalty against City a couple of weeks ago.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Victor Lindelof has started to flourish under Mourinho and on Tuesday the centre-back scored his second international goal for Sweden in a 2-0 win against Russia, a result which secured promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and a place in the play-offs.

Lindelof came under fire for his performances last season but is now a mainstay in the side and although yet to score for United, he looks good value at 14/1 to finally get off the mark against one of Europe's minnows.

Where the game will be won or lost

Pogba proved to be a highly influential figure in the 3-0 win in Switzerland where United were second best on Young Boys' artificial pitch before the World Cup winner opened the scoring.

The France midfielder missed the defeat at Manchester City with a thigh injury and was withdrawn in the second half against Palace so it remains to be seen whether he or the others listed in the preview start the match, so we like the look of 14/5 on Draw HT/Manchester United FT in the half-time/full-time market.

Young Boys have been behind at the break in all four Champions League matches, but we suspect United may take time to get the motor started.

The last of our Champions League betting tips is for the hosts to win 2-0 at 6/1. United have kept clean sheets in both of their matches not involving Juventus and can do so again in a tidy victory.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

United have been doing it the hard way so far and we don't expect that to change when they come up against the Swiss champions. The Red Devils probably just need to win to make it through but with a few injuries in their squad a single goal may be all we see at Old Trafford.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football