Slavia Prague vs BATE Borisov
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Eden Arena, Prague.
Slavia Prague returns to Champions League qualifiers after a 6 year absence. They will be aiming for first group stage ticket since making a ill-fate stint in 2007/08, where they suffered heavy hammering from the hands of Arsenal and Sevilla.
The reigning Czech champions warmed up for the competitive fixtures with a series of friendlies. The head-coach Jaroslav Silhavy will be quite confident for his team’s chances after the team remained unbeaten in 7 matches during the period, bagging 4 wins and 3 draws.
BATE Borisov defeated Armenian club Alashkert in the third round. They were somewhat underwhelming in the home leg and conceded a 1-1 draw, before raising the game in return leg to see-off the tie with a 3-1 away win.
BATE were defeated by Irish club Dundalk in last season’s qualifiers at this same round. They had successfully negotiated the qualifiers in previous two season and made it to the group phase on 2014/15 and 2015/2016.
Slavia Prague vs BATE Borisov: Head-to-head
This is the first h2h meeting between Slavia Prague and BATE Borisov in a competitive fixture.
Slavia Prague vs BATE Borisov: Prediction
Slavia Prague are fast becoming a force to reckon in their homeland. The club was marred by financial instabilities over a decade, but they are in good condition after Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy bought the club in 2015. The squad has vastly improved and there are some talented and skilled feet who can make life difficult for any defenses.
BATE have a poor away record at Champions League. Before the 3-1 win at Alashkert, the Belarusian champions won none of their 17 road matches, 11 of which are defeats.
The safe option for this fixture is a home win and value seekers must back it on a minus 1.5 asian handicap.
Slavia Prague vs BATE Borisov: Bet Tips
Asian handicap -1.5 for Slavia win is a perfect pick for this fixture, with odds offered at attractive 2.38 with Unibet.
A decent alternative is HT/HT – Slavia/Slavia for 2.20 odds with Bet365.