BATE Borisov vs Olexandria
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Borisov Arena.
Being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League Qualifications, Bate Borisov is taking the step down. They are now competing for entering the UEFA Europe League, and are hosting Oleksandria for the first match of the play-offs round.
After a duel against Slavia Praha, Bate Borisov was forced to continue in the competition rather inferior to the UEFA Champions League. They won their final match, when they played at home, and the final combined score was a 2 – 2 draw. Still, Slavia is the one that moved on to the ending phase due to their goal as the visiting team. On average, they scored 1.5 goals per game in the Champions League Qualifictions and they never managed to keep clean sheets. With two goals, their top scorer was Gordeychuk.
Last year’s champions are now sitting at the 3rd place in the national league table. Their most recent match ended with a narrow 1 – 0 win at home against Dinamo Brest. Gordeychuk, with 9 goals, is their greatest asset in the Premier League as well.
The minimal 1 – 0 win at home, after a 0 – 0 draw away, against Astra brought them to the final step before entering Europe League. The scorer of the one goal was Zaporozhan.
They haven’t had a single win since the beginning of the Ukrainian Premier League. With 3 draws and 2 losses they are sitting at the 10th place, nearly in the bottom of the league table. On average, they have scored less than a goal per game. Their last match was a 1 – 2 loss against the visiting Shakhtar Donetsk. This might be the indicator of a somewhat poor shape. But, it could also be seen as them taking a more cautious approach and focusing on entering the UEFA Europe League.
BATE Borisov vs Olexandria: Head to head
On Thursday, BATE Borisov and Oleksandria will square off for the first time.
BATE Borisov vs Olexandria: Prediction
Based on the shape of the two teams, odds are that BATE are going to come out as winners. Also, their recent elimination might have been the trigger for them to fight harder in proving they are a worthy team. And according to the above discussed, the match should end with less than 3 goals.
BATE Borisov vs Olexandria: Bet Tips
BATE Borisov to win @ 1.90 – Unibet
Total goals under 2.5 @ 1.62 – Unibet