FK Sarajevo vs BATE Borisov for the Europa League qualifying match on Thursday at Bilino Polje Stadium.
The third Europa League qualifying round comes on Thursday with an exciting duel between Sarajevo and BATE, two teams looking for a place in this competition that arrive here after being eliminated from the Champions League. This first game is in Bosnia at Sarajevo’s home and is scheduled to start at 18:45.
Sarajevo comes to this stage after being eliminated by Celtic from the Champions League and now faces another very complicated opponent with vast experience in these competitions and who should give Sarajevo a very complicated game here.
Sarajevo’s team comes to this match after beating Sloboda 3-0 on matchday three of their national league but now has a much tougher challenge that should cause many problems for the home team.
The strength of this Sarajevo shows in the games on their stadium with the great atmosphere that makes it difficult for the opponents but as we all know this is not everything in football and on the other side we have a team that is used to these hostile environments given the experience in European competitions.
BATE, meanwhile, reach this stage of the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League by Rosenborg. Now BATE falls into a competition that is more it’s level and faces a much more accessible team than the previous ones they met.
At home, BATE arrives from an 8-1 Cup win over Tarpeda, quickly returning to victories and entering motivated for an essential match.
BATE are always a reliable team defensively and need few chances to score, something that was seen in the match with Piast where BATE managed to turn the score in the last few minutes with few opportunities.
I believe this is going to be a well-played game with Sarajevo looking to get a good result to take to the second round, but the problem is there. If Sarajevo starts trying to go too strong on the opponent, BATE will be able to take advantage of counter-attacks as they usually do and there should cause damage. So it seems to me worth AH 0.