Red Star Belgrade vs BATE Borisov
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Red Star Belgrade’s players had very short vacation this summer, they had to play their first qualifier late June(!!), against Floriana from Malta, whom they beat 3-0 at home, but only drew away from it. Same happened against Irtysh, from Kazakhstan, before triumphing against Sparta Prague in the third qualifying round, beating the Czechs twice. Their displays against Sparta should have acted as warning shots to Krasnodar, the big favorites to qualify from the playoffs. Actually, the Russian side did win at home, 3-2, but the 2-1 for Red Star in the return leg was more than enough to give them a huge qualification, over a team that were dreaming not just of playing in the Europa League’s group stage, but doing well in the competition in general, reaching the last 16, at least. Last weekend, Red Star won 2-0 at Javor Ivanjica, and are currently first in Serbia’s Super Liga, two points above second-placed Spartak Subotica (and with a game in hand).
BATE Borisov got eliminated by Slavia Prague in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, were… “demoted” to the Europa League qualifiers, where they did marginally better against lowly Oleksandria from Ukraine (1-1 at home, 2-1 win in Ukraine). Even so, they will play group stage football, unlike last season, when they got eliminated in the playoffs by Astana. Last weekend they beat Slavia Mozyr 2-0 at home, but still they are only third in Belarus’ championship, four points behind leaders Dinamo Minsk, and two from second-placed Shahtyor.
Previous five matches:
Javor Ivanjica vs Red Star 0-2
Red Star vs Partizan 0-0
Red Star vs Krasnodar 2-1
Krasnodar vs Red Star 3-2
Red Star vs Bačka Palanka 3-1
BATE vs Slavia 2-0
Shakhtyor vs BATE 0-4
Oleksandria vs BATE 1-2
BATE vs Krumkachy 2-3
BATE vs Oleksandria 1-1
Red Star’s next game is on Sunday at Vozdovac (Serbia Super Liga). A day later, BATE will be visiting Isloch.
Red Star Belgrade vs BATE Borisov: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Red Star Belgrade vs BATE Borisov: Prediction
What Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov have done the last couple of months, leaves me with no choice back to back the hosts to win the game.
Red Star Belgrade vs BATE Borisov: Betting Tips
Red Star Belgrade’s win is at 1.70 betting odds. I would stick to that, even though it’s not too high. For more than that, my top choice would be Red Star to win and keep a clean sheet as well, at 2.40.
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