BATE Borisov vs Chelsea: Double trouble in store for Belarusian champs
BATE Borisov vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions
Chelsea can qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League as group winners with two games to spare if they beat BATE Borisov and Thursday's other match is drawn.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the star of the show in the reverse fixture as his hat-trick gave the Blues a 3-1 victory and maximum points from their first three games.
That defeat for BATE means they are fighting it out for second spot with PAOK and Vidi, who all have three points.
When is it? Thursday 8th November
What time is kick-off? 17:55
Where is it being played? Borisov Arena
Which channel is it on? BT Sport 2
BATE Borisov vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for Thursday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:
BATE go into the match on a high after being crowned Belarusian champions for the 13th time in a row at the weekend with a late winner against Neman Grodno.
They will need clear heads on Thursday though when they take on Chelsea, who gave them the runaround at Stamford Bridge.
Loftus-Cheek scored his first two goals inside the first 10 minutes which scuppered our first goal to be scored between 21-30 minutes tip at 19/4, but with Chelsea running away with the group we suspect they won't be bursting out of the blocks as they did last month.
With a party atmosphere expected at the Borisov Arena, the Blues could find the going a bit tougher but the first of our BATE Borisov vs Chelsea predictions is Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 21/10.
The Belarusians have not won any of their four games at the Borisov Arena in European competition this season and twice lost but scored against English opposition at home to Everton in 2009 and Arsenal last year.
Having found the net in 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions, they should get chances to keep their scoring run going.
Europa League previews
If you're interested in more Europa League betting tips, check out our in-depth previews below:
First goalscorer tips
Loftus-Cheek was left on the bench for Saturday's 3-1 win against Crystal Palace and will almost certainly start at the Borisov Arena.
The England international will be keen to show Maurizio Sarri he is worth a starting place in the Premier League and looks good value at 6/1 in the first goalscorer odds.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Maksim Skavysh has been in decent nick lately, scoring three goals in his last four games, and is BATE's top marksman this season with nine overall.
Skavysh played the whole of the game in west London and gets the nod as our anytime scorer tip at 4/1.
Feature match previews for this weekend
If you're interested in tips on our feature matches for the weekend, check out our in-depth previews below:
Where the game will be won or lost
The first game between these teams was over as early as the eighth minute by which time Loftus-Cheek had converted a cross and a corner - both from the right - to put Chelsea firmly in command.
The Belarusians will have to be a lot smarter at the back if they are to get a result against the Blues, who remain unbeaten in the Premier League and two points behind champions Manchester City following their win against Palace at the weekend.
We don't expect the visitors to take it easy on Thursday with so many players wanting to press their case for recalls so the next of our Europa League tips is for Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at 13/5.
The Blues' first two wins were by a single goal and they can repeat that outcome again with a 2-1 victory at 8/1 in the last of our BATE Borisov vs Chelsea betting tips.
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