UEFA Europa League Knockout Stage: Young Boys vs. Everton: Odds, Preview, Prediction and Picks

Kevin Stott

Sunday, February 15, 2015 2:33 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 2:33 PM GMT

Take advantage of our valuable betting preview as UEFA Europa League play resumes with 16 Round of 32 Leg 1 games, including this battle between Young Boys vs. Everton.

Young Boys vs. Everton, Thursday 18:00 (Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports GO (US); ITV 4 (UK), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
Stade de Suisse Wankdorf in the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland is the site of this Leg 1 match on Thursday between the English Premier League’s Everton and Swiss Super League’s Young Boys. Like many of the series in this Knockout Round of 32, this is the first meeting between the two teams and the game is the Toffees first against Swiss opponents. Young Boys are one of five teams to have advanced from the Third Qualifying Round to this point in the tournament.

Soccer odds makers have visitors Everton slight +110 favorites (bet365) with hosts Young Boys +240 underdogs and the Draw priced at +240 on the popular Three-Way Line. The Total Goals is 2½ (Under -133, Over +105, bet365) while the Both Teams To Score prop bet lined at Yes -125 and No -110 (Ladbrokes) and looks like it could be a good choice (Yes) in this one. Some other various Props odds: Everton Draw No Bet -175 (bet365; Young Boys +125); and, the I-Don’t-Think-I’ve-Ever-Heard-Anyone-Bet-On, To Score A Hat Trick (Arouna Kone +66/1, Yuya Kubo 100/1, Ross Barkley 125/1). and maybe for good reason in games whose Totals are usually lined at 2½.

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Everton FC
Visitors Everton (14/1 to win UEFA Europa League, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) have their passports ready and their bags packed and are ready for a trip to Switzerland...to play some soccer. Whoopee. The Toffees have played pretty well in the UEFA Europa League so far this year for manager Roberto Martínez, a far cry—sort of—from Everton’s performance so far in England’s top flight of football so far this season. The Toffees are unbeaten away from home in Europe this term (2-1-0), and, in their last run ihis Round of 32, the Toffees were beaten and eliminated by Sporting (Portugal). The last time this team made it to the Round of 16 was back in 2007/2008, when the Toffees defeated SK Brann, 8-1 (aggregate). This one should be fun.

Everton will look to its usual suspects—Romelu Lukaku (+162 Anytime Goalscorer, bet365), Arouna Koné (+200), Kevin Mirallas (+260), Steve Naismith (+260), Ross Barkley (+300) and Leighton Baines (+450), among others, to get some goals in Bern on Thursday and they should be able to get at least 1 and maybe 2 here—a good thing to work with for both the Total and the Both Teams To Score markets. Toffees GK Tim Howard is always up for every game, but with all the travel, league play and bad luck that happens to teams on the Road, expect Young Boys to get a goal or two of its own here at Home. Needing a road goal in Leg 1 will help push the pace and Everton should get it—and maybe more—here in Switzerland.

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BSC Young Boys
The formally-named Berner Sport Club Young Boys (+15,000, 150/1 to make it all the way to the Europa League final, BetVictor) and manager Uli Forte have had a nice run so far in this tournament, but this team will be tested here by an Everton team which seems to be taking out its frustrations for not making the UEFA Champions League last year on its opponents in this tourney, this year. Young Boys have playe English sides four previous times in the Europa League, including a pair against Everton’s Merseyside neighbors—Liverpool—which saw Young Boys lose 5-3 here at Home in bern and draw 2-2 at Anfield. The Swiss Super League side have won its L7 European games at Home since that loss to Liverpool (September 2012) and have outscored opponents by an impressive 13-1 in 5 European League matches here at Home this season. Young Boys last appearance in this Round of 32 was in 2010/2011 when it was eliminated by FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Young Boys will look to 30-year-old French footballer Guillaume Hoarau (+240, Anytime Goalscorer, bet365) and 21-year-old Japanese striker Yuyo Kuba (+240) for scoring against Everton and Howard, and should be able to create at least 5-10 decent scoring chances in this pivotal Leg 1 at Home. Knowing that Leg 2 is in Liverpool at Goodison park a week later (Thursday, February 26), Young Boys should come out swinging and the Home crowd should also really help Young Boys.

 

Best Beting Approaches
With Everton playing so well in this tourney but Young Boys on such a roll at Home, this is one of those games you probably want to approach really conservatively. Logic dictates that Everton finds a way to win somehow, but a Draw or even a Young Boys upset is a distinct possibility, as the odds reveal. In its L2 Home game against English sides, Young Boys have scored 3 goals both times, but the Swiss kids allowed 7 in those games, so those looking for a reason to back the Over in a potentially high-scoring game may have just found their straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back.

The safest Soccer Pick in this one may be to lay a little juice and take the favorite and visitors Everton on the Draw No Bet line (-175, bet365) and not over-bet it. There will be much better games in this tournament to try to make some money on. But the fact that Young Boys will probably go for it does make it easier to lean to the (Yes) BTTS and the Over 2½.

Prediction: Young Boys 1 Everton 2

Free Soccer Picks: Everton Draw No Bet -175 (bet365), Both Teams To Score Yes -125 (Ladbrokes)

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