AC Sparta Praha will bid to maintain their daunting scoring run at home in Europe this season as they welcome BSC Young Boys in UEFA Europa League Group I.
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AC Sparta Praha have scored at an average rate of over four goals a game at home in Europe this season and will take confidence from that form as they welcome BSC Young Boys in UEFA Europa League Group I.
• Sparta have not won in their last three home fixtures against Swiss opponents (D2 L1).
• Sparta have won all three of their home games in Europe this season, racking up 14 goals in the process.
• Young Boys are unbeaten in four European away contests (W2 D2).
Trivia and links
• This is Young Boys' 50th UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup game; the previous 49 have ended W22 D12 L15.
• Sparta defender Radoslav Kováč spent the 2011/12 season in Switzerland at FC Basel 1893.
• Young Boys boast Czech talent in the form of defender Jan Lecjaks, who started his career at FC Viktoria Plzeň.
• Young Boys came crashing down to earth two days after opening their Group I account with a 5-0 win against ŠK Slovan Bratislava, as they lost 1-0 to amateur side FC Buochs in the Swiss Cup.
• Czech clubs have had marginally the better of their 33 meetings with Swiss teams in UEFA club competition (W16 D6 L11), with the last three encounters ending in Czech wins.
• As a midfielder, Vítězslav Lavička represented Sparta in three spells, and in 2012 embarked on his third stint as the club's coach, previous postings having seen him lead the Czech Under-21 team and Australian side Sydney FC.
• A one-time central defender, Young Boys coach Uli Forte is enjoying his first foray in Europe. Having moved into coaching as player-manager at FC Red Star Zürich, he took charge of FC Wil 1900, FC St Gallen and Grasshopper Club before taking command at Young Boys in 2013.