Match Time:7/11/2019 01:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
BATE: In good shape (Recent Form: WWWDWL)
BATE are in good shape, remaining unbeaten in official games since early May. They take on Piast on Wednesday at Borisov Arena in the first-leg of the first qualifying round to UEFA Champions League. “For sure, Piast are strong opponents, in the end they became the Polish champions. It’s going to be a difficult match. Their coach Waldemar Fornalik is the former national team coach. In addition, our rivals have the leader in each formation. There are experienced players there. It's not a coincidence that they won the Polish championship. Piast are strong collectively. They are Polish champions and it shows their class, because it is not easy to win the Polish championship. Experience in the cups is our asset,” said coach Aleksey Baga.
Piast Gliwice: Back in Europe (Recent Form: WDDWDW)
Piast are back to European competitions since 2016, when they finished 2nd in Polish Ekstraklasa. In May, they became the champions for the first time in club’s history and have now opportunity to take part in UEFA Champions League qualifiers. “BATE are well-organized, stable defensively and have players who are strong physically. They try to take advantage of set pieces. BATE regularly play in group stages of European cups and earlier this year they even beat Arsenal once. The biggest problem is that they are in the middle of the season, it’s an advantage for them. In the past, teams such as Ajax or Celtic had problems to start seasons well so early,” said coach Waldemar Fornalik.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
In conclusion, I believe that this might be a low-scoring clash. Both BATE and Piast are well-disciplined at the back so perhaps there won’t be much action in this outing.
BATE VS Piast Gliwice
O/U Pick: under 2.00 goals