Young Boys v Dynamo Kyiv background

Despite being held at home by Young Boys on matchday three, Dynamo Kyiv travel to Switzerland for the reverse fixture knowing a win will take them through.

Sékou Sanogo of Young Boys (left) tussles with Dynamo's Serhiy Sydorchuk in Kyiv
Sékou Sanogo of Young Boys (left) tussles with Dynamo's Serhiy Sydorchuk in Kyiv ©AFP/Getty Images

Dynamo Kyiv visit the Swiss capital knowing that victory over Young Boys will ensure qualification to the knockout phase from UEFA Europa League Group B with two games to spare.

• The Ukrainian club were held 2-2 at home by their visitors from Berne on matchday three. The result maintained Dynamo's four-point lead at the top of the table following wins in their opening two fixtures.

Previous meetings
• Young Boys twice took the lead on matchday three, through in-form Ivory Coast striker Roger Assalé, only to be pegged back each time by equalisers from Dieumerci Mbokani and Mykola Morozyuk.

• The teams will be meeting for the fourth time this season, having already faced each other in this summer's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Young Boys won the tie on away goals, eclipsing a 3-1 defeat in Kyiv with a 2-0 home victory.

• Young Boys' five matches against Ukrainian sides have produced two 2-0 home victories, two away losses by two-goal margins and the recent 2-2 draw.

Highlights: Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 Young Boys
Highlights: Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 Young Boys

• Dynamo's record in 11 encounters with Swiss clubs is W5 D3 L3 (W2 L3 away).

Form guide
• Young Boys have registered score draws in all three of their Group B matches, including 1-1 at home to Partizan on matchday one.

• Dynamo ended a run of six European away matches without a win (D4 L2) on matchday two when they recovered from 2-0 down against Partizan in Belgrade to win 3-2. It was the first time in 15 European away fixtures that they had scored more than two goals.

• Beaten home and away by CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Young Boys are contesting the UEFA Europa League group stage for a fifth time. They have made it through twice in four attempts – in 2010/11 and 2014/15.

• Ukrainian Premier League runners-up in 2016/17, Dynamo reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2010/11 and 2014/15, when they last competed in this group stage. They have won eight of their last ten UEFA Europa League group games (D1 L1).

Trivia and links
• The journey from Kyiv to Berne is around 1,700km.

• Dynamo's Paraguayan midfielder Derlis González played in Switzerland with Basel (2014/15), winning the Super League title.

• Dynamo striker Mbokani needs one more goal to reach 20 in European club competition.

• Young Boys' Sékou Sanogo is suspended for this match after receiving a red card in Kyiv on matchday three.

• Suspended for next match if booked: Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys); Vitaliy Buyalskiy (Dynamo)

The coaches
• Hired as coach in July 2017, Aleksandr Khatskevich won seven league titles as a Dynamo player from 1996–2004, and later worked with the club's youth and reserve teams. Capped 38 times at international level, he coached his native Belarus from 2014–16.

• 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.