Odense vs Young Boys Preview
Odense BK coach Uffe Pedersen insists his team must show no fear against Young Boys in their must-win Europa League tie.The Danish side are bottom of the group without a point from their first three games in Group H, having lost 4-2 to Young Boys in Bern last time out.
The Swiss side have recorded victories in their last two group matches and can eliminate Odense with a win tomorrow night.
However, Pedersen does not see much difference between the teams in terms of quality, with Odense fourth and Young Boys fifth in their respective domestic leagues.
He told www.ob.dk: "If we must compare with Danish conditions, we can see that Young Boys are a sub-top team in Switzerland. They are not right at the top now, and they are a team we should measure ourselves against.
"So it would be reasonable to expect that we must at least be able to play straight up with them at TRE-FOR Park. They have a fine team but they are no better than us."
Odense go into the match boosted by a 1-0 win away to Nordsjaelland on Monday, and Pedersen added: "If we stick to the good things we did against Nordsjaelland, where we defended well and showed a threat, that's what it takes. We must not in any way fear the team we will meet out there."
Young Boys boss Vladimir Petkovic is set to be without first-choice goalkeeper Marco Wolfli with a thigh problem sustained in the 1-0 win over Grasshopper on Sunday. Emiliano Dudar and Hassan Lingani are also sidelined.
David Degen, who has scored three in two games for Young Boys, has a bruised foot and a decision on his participation will be made on match day.
For Odense, Pedersen has little in the way of fitness concerns and insisted it was a "boring" time for the club's medical staff.
"Because there are not many injuries to speak of, there are no excuses to perform poorly," he added.