FK Crvena zvezda hosts Bate Borisov on a Europa League’s group stage match, in Serbia.
FK Crvena zvezda or Red Star is one of the most traditional teams in European football. The team was even able to win the Champions League a long time ago.
But since then, the Serbian team’s prominence has been more restricted to local football. The Europa League spot came with their 2nd place finish on the Serbian championship last season.
The team has already played in 4 qualifying rounds before entering the group stage of this competition. They played 8 matches and lost only once, away against Krasnodar.
On their path, the team has eliminated Floriana, Irtysh Pavlodar, Sparta Prague and Krasnodar, which was what allowed them to reach this group stage.
Latest results – FK Crvena Zvezda:
09.09.2017 D1 Javor Ivanjica 0-2 FK Crvena Zvezda
27.08.2017 D1 FK Crvena Zvezda 0-0 FK Partizan
24.08.2017 EULQ FK Crvena Zvezda 2-1 FK Krasnodar
17.08.2017 EULQ FK Krasnodar 3-2 FK Crvena Zvezda
13.08.2017 D1 FK Crvena Zvezda 3-1 FK Backa
10.08.2017 D1 Radnik Surdulica 0-5 FK Crvena Zvezda
Latest results – BATE Borisov:
09.09.2017 D1 BATE Borisov 2-0 Slavia Mozyr
27.08.2017 D1 Shakhter Soligorsk 0-4 BATE Borisov
24.08.2017 EULQ PFK Aleksandriya 1-2 BATE Borisov
20.08.2017 D1 BATE Borisov 2-3 FK Krumkachy
17.08.2017 EULQ BATE Borisov 1-1 PFK Aleksandriya
11.08.2017 D1 BATE Borisov 1-0 Dinamo Brest
Crvena Zvezda vs Bate Borisov – Betting Tip and Prediction:
BATE was really close to returning to the Champions League this season. The team was eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round, against Sparta Prague, which sent them to this Europa League, as a consolation prize.
On this competition, the team only played one round before advancing to this group stage, eliminating Oleksandria with an away win.
The team usually dominates Belorussian football but last season they finished only in 2nd place. On the Europa League, last season they fell on the play-offs against Astana.
I expect a more balanced than these odds suggest. BATE is a team that defends really well and they should sit back in Belgrade.
The experience at this European level should also be beneficial for the club. Therefore, even if they lose, I believe it will be by a slim margin, so this Asian handicap offers us the safety required.
|BATE AH +1||