Bate Borisov is the top team in their country and they are an usual presence on these European competitions,
alternating between the Champions League and the Europa League.
They don’t have any big names on their roster, but they have the best Belorussian talent.
Bate is experienced on these European competitions.
3 years ago, they even played the Champions League’s group stage, but since then they have been losing in the play-off or in the qualifying rounds.
This year, they lost again, in a very close tie to Slavia Praha. After losing 1-0 in Czech Republic, their 2-1 win at home ended up being insufficient, and they were eliminated due to away goals.
I saw this match, they showed good signs and even missed some good chances to get the 3-1. They are now looking to go into the Europa League’s group stage.
Oleksandriya are an Ukrainian team without big expression on the Ukrainian league.
However, last season they were able to make a good campaign, which ensured them Europa League’s qualification. They are a team with practically all Ukrainian players. They haven’t started their season well domestically, having only 3 points after 5 matches.
They have zero past experience on the European stage, but they have played on the previous qualifying round already, on a pretty nervy tie, were they were able to send Romania’s Astra packing, with a 0-0 draw away and a 1-0 win at home, with the penalty goal making all the difference.
Despite all of that, they aren’t a very strong team and this year they will probably not be able to repeat their last season’s good campaign.
Bate Borisov vs Oleksandriya Pick:
Bate is playing at home and I believe they are capable of beating the Ukrainians. It will be a match with more depth and initiative from the Bate’s side, since they are playing at home and will have to take over the match.
They are more experienced on the European context, and I believe that may influence this encounter. The Ukrainians should be more defensive on this match, just like they were away against Astra, where it ended up working out well, since they got the 0-0 draw.
Bate could very well be preparing for the Champions League’s play-off, since the team played very well at home against Slavia, and were eliminated by the tightest of margins (on away goals). But they weren’t at all inferior during that tie.
On this match, I believe in a home win, especially since this Ukrainian side is weaker than Slavia, in my opinion.