BATE vs MOL Vidi
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
Who would have thought back in September, when BATE beat MOL Vidi 0-2 in Hungary, that late November it would be the Hungarian side sitting second in the group table, on six points, and BATE would still be on those three they earned on their debut… The Borisov side have gone on to lose all three games since then, but in their defense, two were against Chelsea. Still, that 1-4 at home to PAOK, was… heavy. BATE are down, but not out yet. If they win this game, they will be “catching” Vidi on six points, and of course they’ll have the advantage over them, with two wins in the two games between them. It’s a fascinating group, when Chelsea-aside, all three teams have chances of making it to the last-32 of the competition. With one game left in their championship, BATE have already secured the title.
Two games into the group campaign, MOL Vidi looked… half-doomed. They had lost at home to BATE, obviously they had lost at Chelsea, and they were about to visit PAOK, who had just destroyed BATE in Belarus. Two matches down the road, the Hungarian side are favorites to finish second, having beaten PAOK twice(!!). They are not through yet, though. As previously mentioned, if they lose this game, they get left third, because BATE will have the advantage over them. Plus, in two weeks, they will be hosting Chelsea. Back-to-back wins in their championship have pushed them second in the table, on 28 points, five behind leaders Ferencváros.
Previous five matches:
BATE vs Luch Minsk 4-1
Shakhtyor vs BATE 3-0
BATE vs Gorodeya 0-0
BATE vs Chelsea 0-1
BATE vs Neman Grodno 1-0
Debrecen vs MOL Vidi 0-1
MOL Vidi vs Újpest 1-0
Mezőkövesd-Zsóry vs MOL Vidi 1-0
MOL Vidi vs PAOK 1-0
Paksi SE vs MOL Vidi 0-4
BATE’s next game is at Torpedo BelAZ, on Sunday (Belarus championship). Same day, Vidi will be hosting Honvéd (Hungary championship).
BATE vs MOL Vidi: Head to head Stats
BATE hosted Vidi three years ago, in the Champions League qualifiers (3rd round). They beat them 1-0.
BATE vs MOL Vidi: Prediction
I’m backing the hosts to win, pumped by the knowledge that this is their best chance to climb up second in the group table.
BATE vs MOL Vidi: Betting Tips
BATE’s win pays 2.10. “No” on “both teams to score” is at 1.75. Both suit my 1-0 hunch.