FC Koln vs BATE Borisov
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 2nd November 2017
Kick-off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion (Koln).
Koln look for their first win of the Europa League campaign when they welcome BATE Borisov on match-day 4.
The Bundesliga outfit lost their three games in the competition so far and are at the bottom of the standings. Another defeat could put an end to their campaign if Red Star bag a win at Arsenal.
Koln’s lone match in the group phase was a narrow 1-0 loss to Red Star. While they lost to Arsenal 3-1 and BATE 1-0.
BATE have four points in their bag via a 1-1 draw against Red Star and win against Koln on match-day 4, while they lost 2-4 in the goal-galore at own turf against a fringe side of Arsenal.
The Belarusian are joint second in the table level on 4 points with Red Star. So, points from this fixture against Koln is extremely important for them.
It will be worth to note that Koln are relegation bound in the Bundesliga. They are yet to win a domestic game home or away.
Koln vs BATE Borisov: Head-to-head
The first leg clash on 19th October 2017 is the first ever meeting between BATE Borisov and Koln in a UEFA competition.
Koln have not played against another team from Belarus.
This will be BATE’s third visit to Germany and lost both times – Bayern Munich 1-4 (2012) and TSV 1860 Munich 0-1 (2002). Interestingly, they have now bagged 3 out of 3 wins in home games against Bundesliga sides.
Koln vs BATE Borisov: Predictions
In addition to terrible form, Koln are missing a few key players here. The captain Jonas Hector along with Marcel Risse, Jhon Cordoba and Dominic Maroh are sidelined and it is hard to see them put an improved performance here.
Since the loss to Arsenal, BATE are unbeaten in five games with 4 wins and a draw. With confidence on their bag, there won’t be any better time for BATE to consolidate their bid for knockout qualification.
Koln vs BATE Borisov: Bet Tips
FT – BATE to win @ 5.15.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.80.
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