Chelsea vs BATE
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea host BATE with a perfect Europa League record via two separate 1-0 wins over PAOK and Mol Vidi in opening two rounds. They are massive favourites to maintain such record on Thursday evening when Belarusian champions come to visit Stamford Bridge, aiming to fix the impression after a dreadful display in a 1-4 home defeat to PAOK last time out.
Alexey Baga’s men completely ruined the fine impression from the opening round fixture when they saw Mol Vidi 0-2 away on the Hungarian soil. They revealed way too many defensive holes allowing four goals to a defensive-minded PAOK side. Baga still has big issues with his side’s defensive performances as BATE shipped two goals in a narrow home win over Gorodeya at the weekend.
Chelsea vs BATE: Head-to-head
BATE have the honour of visiting Stamford Bridge for the first time in their history.
Chelsea vs BATE: Prediction
The Blues could get a nice chance to boost up their goal-scoring charts here as they’ll be up against the struggling defensive line of BATE which allowed as many as eight goals in last three games in all competitions. Given two of these three matches were played in their domestic league, we’d really be surprised to see Maurizo Sarri’s troops netting fewer than three goals on the evening.
The hosts have been enjoying a fine attacking form of late. They notched five goals in last two Premier League outing. The convincing 0-3 victory away at Southampton was followed up with a 2-2 draw to Manchester United in the last weekend’s derby at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues sit third in the Premier League ladder after nine rounds. A win here would practically secure the knockout stage for them and we expect the hosts to storm past the Belarusian opposition. You can have Chelsea to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at 1.44, while the Blues are 1.45 to win by two or more goals difference.
Chelsea vs BATE: Bet Tips
HT/FT Chelsea/Chelsea @ 1.44 (4/9)
Chelsea -1.5 handicap @ 1.45 (9/20).