Skënderbeu lost in Kyiv on matchday one but will take courage from Young Boys' shaky away form as they welcome the Swiss club in Group B.
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Skënderbeu lost in Kyiv on matchday one but will take courage from Young Boys' shaky away form as they welcome the Swiss club in UEFA Europa League Group B.
• The two clubs are meeting for the first time; Skënderbeu have never played another Swiss side, and this is Young Boys' maiden encounter with Albanian opponents.
• Albanian clubs are yet to win in four UEFA encounters with Swiss counterparts: D1 L3.
• Skënderbeu are unbeaten in four European home games this season (W3 D1), but have lost two of their three group stage home fixtures to date.
• Young Boys have gone ten European away games without a win (D2 L8) since a 3-1 success at Slovan Bratislava in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Albanian Cup runners-up last term, Skënderbeu were the first Albanian side to contest a major UEFA group stage when they featured in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League.
• Defeated home and away by CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Young Boys are now competing in the UEFA Europa League group stage for the fifth time, having made it through twice in four appearances.
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• The journey from Berne to Elbasan is around 1,200km.
• Young Boys boast Albanian international talent in the form of winger Taulan Sulejmanov.
• Skënderbeu's Kosovan defender Fidan Aliti started his career in Switzerland, playing for Old Boys (2011–13) and Luzern (2013–15).
• Skënderbeu's 39-year-old Orges Shehi is one game shy of his 50th UEFA club competition appearance.
• Young Boys teenagers Jordan Lotomba (19) and Yannick Toure (17) both celebrate birthdays on the day after the game.
• Appointed at the start of 2017, Ilir Daja led Skënderbeu to a losing appearance in the Albanian Cup final but then steered them into this group stage. A former midfielder with Dinamo Tirana, he has guided Elbasan and Tirana to domestic championships as a coach.
• Austrian coach Adi Hütter has been in charge of Young Boys since September 2015. A midfielder who spent the bulk of his career with Salzburg, he returned to lead the club to a domestic double in 2014/15 after managerial spells at Altach and Grödig.