BATE Borisov vs Astana for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Borisov Arena Stadium.
BATE and Astana meet again on Thursday to play the second leg of the Europa League playoff in a knockout round where Astana has everything to go on after winning their first home match 3-0.
Still, BATE has a say in this second game in their stadium where they are usually a stronger team and can always dream of a good result.
BATE as always has been having a good season internally even though it is not the leader right now.
In Europe, the team comes to the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League by Rosenborg.
After the first game result, the team is now closer to being eliminated from the Europa League and needs to reverse a result of three goals difference from the first round.
As hosts, BATE is always a strong team and this year has been no exception and has so far lost no matches in European competition, drawing with Piast and Sarajevo and beating Rosenborg.
On the other side, we have Astana, which in recent years has established itself as a Europa League team and has often made it to the group stage.
This team like BATE is a significantly stronger team when playing at home and after having achieved a fantastic result on the first round should come to this second game just trying to manage the comfortable lead.
Away from home, Astana has only won one game in Europe this season losing 3-1 at Cluj, drawing 0-0 at Santa Coloma and only beating Valleta 4-0 most recently.
After the heavy defeat in Kazakhstan, BATE returns home to try to reverse a result that will be very difficult to achieve.
Still, I welcome the victory of the home team who usually get good results here. So I predict a win from BATE.