BATE Borisov vs HJK – UEFA Champions League : On the 2nd qualifying round for the Champions League
We will have head-to-head two teams that have won their respective domestic leagues, with BATE being the Belarusian champion and HJK from Helsinki being the Finnish champion.
BATE is a team with European experience, be it on the Champions League or the Europa League, being present on several editions.
This time, they face in this round a team with much less European experience and that already started their path on this qualification stage for the Champions League on the 1st qualifying round.
BATE present themselves on this tie as favourites and playing at home, they will have to prove that the past couple of years gaining European experience weren’t in vain.
The Belarusian side has rhythm since their league is underway but that’s not where they will have the advantage, because in Finland it’s the same scenario.
BATE is isolated in the lead of the Belarusian league after 17 encounters played, having a 7-points advantage over the 2nd place Dynamo Minsk.
BATE come into this match with 4 consecutive victories in the league, which shows the good moment of form of the Belarusian champions.
BATE Borisov vs HJK – Betting Tip and Prediction:
HJK from Helsinki are the current Finnish champions and this year, history might repeat itself since the team from the capital is leading the league after 20 rounds, with a 7-points advantage over the 2nd place Rovaniemi.
The team from the Finnish capital is coming off 4 consecutive victories, two in the league and two in the Champions League,
where they’ve already faced Vikingur from the Faroe Islands on the 1st qualifying round,
with a victory on the Faroe Islands by 2-1 and a victory in Helsinki by 3-1, on an aggregate of 5-2 on a tie where HJK showed a strong superiority over a very accessible team.
Playing at home, I believe that BATE will manage to get a good result here, eyeing the visit to Scandinavia on the 2nd leg.
I expect a Belarusian victory on this first match, in what will be a very different test for HJK.