BATE vs Chelsea
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
“Chelsea and over 3.5 goals”, at 2.15, was my only tip two weeks ago, when the Premier League side hosted BATE. Eight minutes into the game, the team from Belarus were already 2-0 down. With that in mind, the fact that they lost “only” 3-1, must have left them rather… relieved. BATE scored late, a consolation goal, in what was their only attempt on target in the whole match. They had five attempts in total, and just over 35% ball possession, no surprise there. They are on three points from as many games in the group, just like PAOK and MOL Vidi. They are at the bottom of the table though, because of their heavy defeat at home to PAOK (1-4). Last weekend they scored in the 88th minute to beat Neman Grodno 1-0 at home. Three game weeks are left in Belarus’ championship, and BATE have already secured the title.
The game at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago went pretty much the way most expected, with Chelsea taking a two-goal lead early, and then simply… managing the situation. Loftus-Cheek made perfect use of the spot he was given in the starting lineup to score, not once, not twice, but three times(!). The Blues finished the game on 22 attempts, nine of those were on target, corners won were 7-1, and ball possession roughly 65-35%. The only negative for Chelsea was that they conceded, but… it wasn’t the end of the world. They won their two games in the Premier League since then, and also qualified for the next round of the League Cup. They are second in their championship, two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Previous five matches:
BATE vs Neman Grodno 1-0
Dinamo Brest vs BATE 1-3
Gomel vs BATE 0-1
Chelsea vs BATE 3-1
BATE vs Gorodeya 3-2
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 3-1
Chelsea vs Derby County 3-2
Burnley vs Chelsea 0-4
Chelsea vs BATE 3-1
Chelsea vs Manchester United 2-2
BATE’s next game is in 10 days, versus Gorodeya (Belarus Cup). Chelsea are hosting Everton this Sunday (England Premier League).
BATE vs Chelsea: Head to head Stats
BATE have never hosted Chelsea before.
BATE vs Chelsea: Prediction
Chelsea are on nine points from three matches in the group, they are not… dying to win, but no matter who plays (mostly, if not exclusively, reserves), they should still win.
BATE vs Chelsea: Betting Tips
A simple Chelsea win is at 1.40. “Over 2.5 goals” pays 1.80, and these two combined promise an even better 2.10.