UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|BSC Young Boys||Stadion Wankdorf - BerneThursday 5 November 2020|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group A - Matchday 3
Young Boys and CSKA-Sofia each have just one point to show for their efforts so far in UEFA Europa League Group A as they meet in the Swiss capital on Matchday 3.
• Both clubs bounced back from opening home defeats to record away draws on Matchday 2, the Swiss champions coming from behind to draw 1-1 at CFR Cluj thanks to Christian Fassnacht's equaliser and the Bulgarian side, led by a new coaching team team fronted by Brazilian Daniel Morales, holding Roma to a creditable 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.
• This is Young Boys' first fixture against a Bulgarian club in UEFA competition.
• CSKA have already won in Switzerland this season, dramatically coming from behind to knock Basel out of the competition in the play-offs with a 3-1 victory at the St. Jakob-Park courtesy of Tiago Rodrigues' late double and a late third from Ahmed Ahmedov.
• Champions of Switzerland for the third season running in 2019/20, and the 14th time in all, Young Boys lost last season's UEFA Champions League play-off on away goals to Crvena zvezda but reached the UEFA Europa League group stage, where they finished third in a section containing Porto, Rangers and Feyenoord despite scoring in every game.
• YB missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification again this season, Gerardo Seoane's side losing 3-0 at Midtjylland in the third qualifying round after winning their opening tie 3-1 at home to KÍ Klaksvík. However, they beat Tirana 3-0 at the Stadion Wankdorf in the UEFA Europa League play-offs and are therefore competing for the seventh time in the competition's group stage, from which they have made further progress twice before, in 2010/11 and 2014/15, but not in their three most recent campaigns.
• The Berne club have won 13 of their 19 home games in the UEFA Europa League group stage (D1 L5), including two out of three last term. Despite their 1-2 defeat by Roma on Matchday 1 they have lost just two of their last nine European encounters in the Swiss capital, winning five.
• CSKA finished runners-up last season in both the Bulgarian league – to serial champions Ludogorets – and the domestic cup, losing on penalties to Lokomotiv Plovdiv after a goalless final. In Europe they fell in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for the second successive season, going down 2-1 on aggregate to Zorya Luhansk (1-1 h, 0-1 a).
• This term, under former coach Stamen Belchev, CSKA won four qualifying games in a row – against Sirens of Malta (2-1 h), BATE Borisov of Belarus (2-0 h), B36 of the Faroe Islands (2-0 h) and, most memorably, that 3-1 success in Basel – to reach the UEFA Europa League group stage for the first time.
• CSKA's victory at Basel was only their second away win in eight European matches (D2 L4). It was also the only one of the last five games outside Bulgaria in which they have scored.
Links and trivia
• Young Boys' seventh appearance in the UEFA Europa League proper is a Swiss record – one more than Basel.