UCL Preview: Villarreal vs Young Boys – key stats, H2H, recent form, line-ups, prediction

Unai Emery-Villarreal

Unai Emery’s Villarreal will host Young Boys in UEFA Champions League’s Group F clash.

Venue: El Madrigal

Key Statistics

  • Villarreal are without a win in their last three games and currently sit at 13th in the La Liga table.
  • The Yellow Submarine are currently second in Group F (4 points), two points behind leaders Manchester United.
  • Young Boys are placed at the bottom of the group after registering only one win out of three games.
  • Yeremy Pino is Villarreal’s most prolific player this season, having already contributed to 5 goals across all competitions.

Head to Head record

The two sides met for the first time in the Champions League a fortnight ago, with Villarreal beating the Swiss side 4-1.

Recent form

Villarreal: L W L D L

Young Boys: D L W L L


The Yellow Submarine have been off to a disappointing start to this season, currently positioned at 13th in the La Liga table with 12 points – 2W 3L 6D.

Furthermore, they are without a win in their last three league games and they will be coming on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Valencia.’

However, their form in the Champions League has been a bit good, sitting second in Group F with 4 points. 

Emery’s men got the better of Young Boys in the reverse fixture, beating them 4-1 with a comprehensive display. They would look to ensure another three points against the Swiss club as they are aware that Atalanta are not far behind in their group.

Juan Foyth and Gerard Moreno’s absence due to injuries would once again be a huge blow for the Spanish side.

Possible line-up

Geronimo Rulli; Alberto Moreno, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Mario Gaspar; Etienne Capoue, Francis Coquelin, Dani Parejo; Arnaut Danjuma, Yeremi Pino, Paco Alcacer

Young Boys

Young Boys got off to a dream start in the Champions League this season, outsmarting Man Utd in their opening game. However, they failed to capitalise on that win and suffered back to back defeats. 

The Swiss club’s domestic form also leaves a lot to be desired as they have only one game since their defeat to Villarreal.

A win against the Spanish outfit alone could keep their hopes alive in the Champions League this season.

Possible line-up

Guillaume Faivre, Silvan Hefti, Sandro Lauper, Jordan Lefort, Ulisses Garcia; Vincent Sierro, Christopher Martins Pereira, Michel Aebischer; Moumi Ngamaleu; Meschak Elia, Jordan Siebatcheu


Villarreal 2 – 0 Young Boys