BATE take on visitors from Finland SJK in the home leg of Champions League qualifying matchup. The game will be played on Borisov Arena on Tuesday, July 12th.
BATE are the champions of Belarus and current leaders of the league. The hosts of the of the match have 35 points after 35 matches played and 38-16 goal difference. The team have solid eight-points lead before the second team in the standings, Shakhtar Soligorsk. The team is on five-match unbeaten run and show nice form, The hosts played nine matches sin 2016 at own stadium with six wins and three draws recorded at own turf.
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SJK won the title in Finland and that results came as quite surprise. The team return to their usual level and show mediocre results in domestic league. The visiting side is currently seventh in the league with 23 points and 18-23 goal difference. SJK played 15 match on the road in 2016, taking six wins, four draws and five defeats.
The opponents haven’t met before on football fields. Belarus side are experience in battles in Europe and have recorded several notable wins in Champions League grout stage. SJK, in turn, show disappointing results and they quite far from retaining the title. BATE should use home field advantage and take confident with to clinch the place in the next round.
Prediction for the match: BATE to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.