Valencia v Young Boys facts

Valencia could do with a first win in Group H as they take on Young Boys, who claimed their maiden point last time out.

Michy Batshuay celebrates scoring for Valencia on matchday three
Michy Batshuay celebrates scoring for Valencia on matchday three ©AFP/Getty Images

Valencia need the fillip of a first Group H win as they welcome a Young Boys side who claimed their first ever UEFA Champions League point and goal in the reverse fixture on matchday three.

• Guillaume Hoarau's 55th-minute penalty cancelled out Michy Batshuayi's opener after 26 minutes at the Stade de Suisse, getting Young Boys on the board in the competition – although both sides are still lagging in the race to reach the last 16.

• While Young Boys have that solitary point, Valencia have picked up only two from their first three fixtures and trail second-placed Manchester United by two points, with Juventus out in front in the section having won all three games.

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Valencia
• Beaten 2-0 at home by ten-man Juventus in their opening fixture, Valencia responded by holding out for a goalless draw at Manchester United in their second match.

• The United draw ended Los Blanquinegros' four-game losing streak in the UEFA Champions League, although they have still lost five of their last ten matches in the competition proper. Batshuayi's strike at Young Boys ended Valencia's run of five games without a goal.

• Valencia have won three and lost three of their last six European matches at Mestalla.

Highlights: Young Boys 1-1 Valencia
Highlights: Young Boys 1-1 Valencia

• The Spanish side have lost four of their last five home matches in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, and have managed one win in six at Mestalla (D1).

• Fourth in the Spanish Liga in 2017/18, this is Valencia's 11th UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. Finalists in both 1999/2000 and 2000/01, they have not reached the last 16 since 2012/13.

• Valencia did not take part in UEFA club competition in either of the last two seasons. In their most recent campaign, 2015/16, they finished third in their UEFA Champions League section to move into the UEFA Europa League, where they beat Rapid Wien 10-0 on aggregate in the round of 32 before losing on away goals to fellow Spanish side Athletic Club in the round of 16 (0-1 away, 2-1 home).

• A 3-0 defeat at Basel in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg is Valencia's only loss against Swiss opposition, home and away (W5 D3); they turned that tie round with a 5-0 extra-time success at home.

• Valencia have scored five goals in each of their last two home games against Swiss visitors, and have managed 19 in their four home matches overall – all of which ended in wins.

Young Boys
• Having kicked off their first ever group campaign with a 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United, the Berne club went down by the same scoreline at Juventus in their first away game.

Sensational matchday three skills
Sensational matchday three skills

• Young Boys were Swiss champions in 2017/18 – their 12th league title, but a first since 1986.

• Gerardo Seoane's side overcame Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb to reach the group stage for the first time, following a 1-1 home draw with a 2-1 away success. Young Boys' five previous UEFA Champions League campaigns all ended in qualifying, including in 2017/18 when they beat Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying round but lost to CSKA Moskva in the play-offs.

• The Berne side have won only two of their last 13 European games (D5 L6), beating Skënderbeu 2-1 on matchday six of last season's UEFA Europa League in addition to the win in Zagreb. The fixture with the Albanian club was Young Boys' last European engagement of 2017/18, as they finished third in their section.

• The victory at Dinamo is Young Boys' sole away success in 15 European matches (D4 L10).

• The Swiss club have lost on two of their three trips to Spain, although they did win the other, 1-0 at Athletic Club in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. Home and away, their record against Spanish clubs is W3 D1 L3.

• Young Boys reached the semi-finals of the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup, losing 3-1 over two legs against Reims.

Links and trivia
• Have played together:
Ezequiel Garay, Rodrigo & Miralem Sulejmani (Benfica 2013/14)
Gonçalo Guedes & Miralem Sulejmani, Loris Benito (Benfica 2014/15)
Kevin Gameiro & Guillaume Hoarau (Paris Saint-Germain 2011–13)

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Valencia
• Valencia have won just twice in all competitions this season (D10 L3) and had drawn five in a row before the 2-1 Copa del Rey success at third division Ebro on 30 October.

• The Spanish side were, however, unbeaten in nine matches since the matchday one defeat at home to Juventus (W2 D7) before going down 1-0 at home to Girona on Saturday.

• Valencia have 11 points after 11 games in the new Liga season – 16 fewer than at the same stage of 2017/18.

• Santi Mina had been out since 23 September with a knee injury before returning to score twice at Ebro.

• Gonçalo Guedes was replaced seven minutes into the 1-1 draw with Barcelona on 7 October having picked up an adductor problem. He returned on Saturday.

• Denis Cheryshev was replaced early in the first half of the 1-1 draw against Leganés on 20 October with an ankle problem; Cristiano Piccini (calf) has not played since matchday three while Dani Parejo is carrying an abdomen injury.

Young Boys
• Guillaume Hoarau made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on matchday three.

• YB were four games without a win before a 3-2 victory against Sion on 27 October, coming back from two goals down. They were 3-0 victors at Grasshoppers on Saturday.

• The Swiss champions had started the new season with nine wins from as many Super League matches to take an early grip on the top of the table before losing 3-2 at home against Luzern on 6 October and then drawing 3-3 at Zürich in their next fixture.

• Hoarau has scored six goals in his last six appearances, including the opener at Grasshoppers on Saturday.

• The Berne club's 43 league goals this season have been scored by 11 different players.

• Young Boys won 1-0 at third tier Stade Nyonnais in the last 16 of the Swiss Cup on 31 October, Miralem Sulejmani scoring the only goal.

• David von Ballmoos suffered concussion against Zürich on 20 October, returning on Saturday.

• Gregory Wüthrich, who had been out since mid-September with an adductors injury, damaged a thigh in training on 24 October and faces another spell on the sidelines.

• Jordan Lotomba (knee) and Pedro Teixeira (unspecified) are both yet to play this season.

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