Astana vs FC BATE Borisov for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Astana Arena Stadium.
Astana passed the previous round comfortably by beating 9-1 Valletta from Malta in both games. Kazakhstan squad has been in good shape lately as they have lost none of their last four games.
Roman Grigorchuk’s men started the Champions League qualifying match, but failed to win the tie and were defeated by Romania’s Cluj.
In the Europa League, they have already passed two knockout stages, the first having won Santa Coloma of Andorra and the last Valletta of Malta.
At the national level achieved 44 points (14 wins, two draws and six losses), Astana ranks third in the overall standings.
Marin Tomasov and Roman Murtazayev were in style in the previous round, mutually scoring five goals in both games against Valletta. Both players should retain their place in the squad, while Evgeny Postnikov and Luka Simunovic should also remain in the eleven, although they seem a little insecure in recent games.
FC BATE Borisov
BATE Borisov after being eliminated in the Champions League qualifiers by Rosenborg went to the Europa League. In the previous round, the team overtook Sarajevo, thus ensuring a place in the playoffs.
The Belarusians have shown that they are a very consistent team in recent times, are unbeaten in their last four games played in all competitions.
Bate Borisov has been granted the privilege being relieved of playing for the Belarus League this weekend. They currently have 40 points (13 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses), and occupy the second position in the standings, with two points less than the leading Brest.
Stanislav Dragun is BATE’s top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions and is sure to keep his place, with Igor Stasevich also continuing in attack after finding the net seven times this season.
This clash between Astana and BATE promises to be very interesting, both sets have a lot of quality in attack. It is expected to be a game with a few goals, but I believe the hosts can score more.