Match Time:7/11/2019 01:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
BATE Borisov: Three straight wins ( Recent Form: W D W W W )
Bate Borisov, BATE Borisov or BATE Barysau - there are many different spellings, as the Belarusian top club in German translated. With 13 championship titles in a row and a total of 15 title wins, the team from the nearly 150,000-inhabitant city is the most successful football club in Belarus. In recent years, the team qualified several times for the group stage of an international competition and was already able to earn the reputation as a "giant killer". In the previous year, the team acted in the Europa League and had there just defeated the eventual finalist Arsenal London in the second round. The 14th championship in a row is still hard work for the team of head coach Aleksey Baga. The 38-year-old has been in office for less than a year and has recorded in 41 competitive matches as head coach a record of 25 wins, four draws and twelve defeats. In the current championship, the defending champion has conceded only five goals in 14 league games, but still had to accept two defeats. This leaves Bate Borisov currently two points behind leaders Dynamo Brest. A big advantage for the Belorussians is certainly the fact that the players are "fully in the juice" and have competitive practice. While the guests from Poland have to play the most important game of the year right in the middle of the preparation, the home side are in the rhythm. Maybe a decisive advantage, because in principle, the two teams move on a similar level. The home advantage (in the previous year, inter alia Arsenal beaten at home) and the match practice are certainly arguments that speak in the first leg between Bate Borisov and Piast Gliwice for a forecast towards the home side.
Piast Gliwice: Thirteen unbeaten games ( Recent Form: D W D D W )
The club, founded in 1945, was active in the Polish lower house for a long time. Only in the 2007/08 season, the team from Gliwice was able to fix the first promotion to the highest Polish league. As a second division Piast could reach both 1978 and 1983, the cup final, but missed the title win. After only two years, Piast had to go back to the second division, but now since the 2012/13 season again represented in the House of Lords. The first-time title win in the past season was by no means to be expected. With a successful tip on the championship one could have earned good money in the previous year. In the basic round of the Polish Ekstraklasa the team of head coach Waldemar Fornalik finished only the third rank. But in the championship round (the top eight of the league have once again played against each other) acted the team strong as a bear. 19 out of 21 possible points were brought in the finish and this allowed the team past the favored teams from Warsaw and Gdansk. After the sensational title win, the club succeeded in keeping the tribe of the team together. There are no noteworthy departures, and almost all players want to play the Champions League and title defense together. Noteworthy in the championship season was the incredible home strength in the stadium Miejski. In 19 home games, there were 15 wins, three draws and just one defeat. In the foreign, however, the champion acted much weaker and has here a balanced 6-6-6 balance. Accordingly, a draw - or even a narrow defeat - in Belarus would be an absolutely satisfactory result. The knockout match against Bate Borisov will be Piast Gliwice's third appearance on the international stage. In 2013/14 and 2016/17, the Poles tried in the Europa League qualification, but then had to pull out against Qarabag Agdam and IFK Gothenburg. The Poles are still relatively "green" behind the ears internationally. Against a "Europe-tested" team from Belarus is due to mixed away performances in the match between Bate Borisov and Piast Gliwice a tip on the guests not recommended.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
After all, BATE is playing sublimation. At home, defeating the unknown team, Piast Gliwice is no difficult task for representatives from Belarus.
BATE Borisov VS Piast Gliwice
Pick: BATE Borisov -0.75