BATE v Chelsea Both Teams To Score Betting Tip
Today’s Betting Preview
Maurizio Sarri’s squad made the journey to Belarus in hopes of securing a birth in the knockout stage of the competition on Thursday evening by replicating the victory they scored over their hosts at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.
Our BATE v Chelsea betting tip is Both Teams to Score at 10Bet as the hosts should take advantage of Chelsea’s fourth game in 11 days to find a goal in this matchup.
BATE confirmed their title ambitions in the Belarusian Premier League this weekend, winning their 13th championship when they defeated Neman to go 14 points clear at the top of the table with just three matches left.
The win capped off a season that saw them produce a 22W 3D 2L record domestically, scoring 49 goals in 27 fixtures.
Unfortunately for BATE, their results have not translated into the Europa League. They have won just a single match from their opening three, defeating Hungarian outfit Videoton 2-0 away on Matchday 1.
Since then, the have fallen 4-1 to PAOK on their home turf before a trip to London last month saw them concede a hat-trick to Ruben Loftus-Cheek before pulling a late goal back to finish 3-1.
Playing at Borisov Arena has not afforded much of an advantage in European play, as the hosts have posted just a pair of wins to go along with five draws and three losses in their last ten at home.
Six of those matches have ended over 2.5 total goals, while both teams have scored in seven of the contests.
Chelsea have been doing well on both domestic and European fronts in their first season under Sarri. They enter the match winners of four straight across all competitions, while remaining unbeaten on the season in Premier League, League Cup and Europa League play.
Last week saw them pick up two wins: a 3-2 midweek thrilling home decision over Derby County in the Carabao Cup that saw all five goals scored in the first-half, as well as a clinical 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Chelsea hold a 4W 0D 2L away record over the last five years in the Europa League, but it should be noted that both losses came on long trips to Eastern Europe. They fell 1-0 to FCSB of Romania and 3-2 to Rubin Kazan of Ukraine, suggesting that midweek travel may not suit them well.
October’s clash was the first and only meeting between the two sides. Last year BATE hosted Arsenal and lost 4-2, while the Blues have never made the trip to Belarus for a match.
Manager Alyaksey Baha will have to find a way for his team to slow down the dynamic Chelsea attack. The Blues penetrated the 4-3-3 formation with slick passing last time out, leaving Loftus-Cheek open on far too many occasions.
Unfortunately, he does not have the depth of talent that his Premier League opponents possess, making alterations in personnel a bit difficult to manage. It should once again be the same trio of forwards upfront, with Baha looking to get more from left-winger Igor Stasevich, who already has two assists in Europa League action this season.
Former Arsenal man Alexander Hleb should once again feature in the midfield. As a veteran player with experience playing against some of the top teams in the world, the 37-year-old needs to take on a leadership role if his squad are to get anything out of this match.
Right-back Alexei Rios was the lone goalscorer for the Belarusians last time out and will once again look to use his speed along the flanks to help his team push forward.
Sarri may not want to change too much from a lineup that produced a dominating performance a fortnight ago.
Playing in their 4-3-3, he sent out a lineup that allowed the usual bench players to see action, with Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud, who may find himself on the second-squad after Alvaro Morata scored three times in two Premier League matches, in the middle.
The midfield had Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the outside, with Cesc Fabregas in the middle. None of the three featured against Crystal Palace on Sunday, but Fabregas has been ruled out with illness. The exclusion could hand a start to Callum Hudson-Odoi or Ethan Ampadu if Sarri wants to give regulars Jorginho or N’Golo Kante a rest.
The defence that Sarri has sent out in Europa League play thus far has been solid, allowing just a single goal across three matches. Captain Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson have all made the most of their opportunities to start and will look to impress their boss once again on Thursday.
Baha is free from any injury concerns for this matchup and is likely to feature a majority of the same players from the last match.
One insertion he could decide to make, either in the starting XI or off the bench, is Finnish midfielder Jasse Tuominen. The Fin had a strong showing for his national team during the last break and may be ready to show his worth against a stronger opponent.
The only one unavailable for Sarri on Thursday appears to be Fabregas, who did not make the trip due to an illness.
Olivier Giroud, who missed the last few games for the squad with an injury, could see starting duties after Morata featured in the last two league fixtures.
Today’s Betting Prediction
Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their last five away matches overall, including a trip to Greece in September. However, their past results show that traveling to Eastern Europe is not something that they enjoy, having conceded four goals in two matches.
Although it was a late goal, BATE showed that there were ways through Chelsea’s defence in their last match and with so many changes to the lineup, including potentially one of the younger players in Chelsea’s central-midfield role, mistakes can happen.
We expect a performance similar to the last one, with Chelsea once again taking three points with a 2-1 victory.
Published on: 8 Nov 2018 at 10:48
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