BATE Borisov - Valencia Preview: Los Che set for tricky Belarus assignment
The Yellow Blues have captured the imagination with fine displays in the Champions League this year and another upset could be on the cards against the Liga outfit
By Craig Turnbull
Polyakov, Filipenko, Simic, Bordachev
Olekhnovich, Likhtarov, Volodkov
Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
Gago, T Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Guardado
The Belarusian club have surprised many with their uninhibited style of play. Written off to begin with as mere cannon fodder, Viktor Goncharenko's side have emerged as the competition's surprise package.
In their opening two games they beat Lille 3-1 in France and followed that up by recording the same margin of victory against Bayern Munich at home, which would suggest Los Che may not have it all their own way in Borisov.
Mauricio Pellegrino's men sit in second spot and know a win here is important if they are to progress to the knockout stages.
Having lost to Bayern on matchday one, the Spaniards then beat les Dogues 2-0 at Mestalla and will be buoyed by a 3-2 Liga victory over Athletic Bilbao heading into this match.
Adil Rami is once again available for the visitors after being sent off against Bayern Munich, but the match may have come too soon for Ever Banega, who came on as a substitute on Saturday, but has been out since February with a broken leg. Long-term absentees Pablo Piatti and Sergio Canales remain on the sidelines.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- BATE Borisov's victory against Lille on matchday one ended a miserable run in Europe for the club, who had failed to win any of their 12 previous group stage fixtures.
- Viktor Goncharenko's men have never beaten Spanish opposition in six attempts and face Valencia for the first time on Tuesday.
- The hosts' goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov has kept 17 clean sheets in 31 games.
- Valencia have never faced Belarusian opposition.
- Ever Banega (right) made his first appearance since February in Saturday's victory over Athletic Bilbao.
- The Spaniards have one of the lowest tally of attempts on goal in this season's Champions League. Just five have been mustered, though three of those strikes found the back of the net.
Andrei Gorbunov, Maksim Bordachev and Marko Simić have played all 720 minutes of BATE's Champions League campaign.
Top 3 Predictions
FC BATE Borisov 2-1 Valencia CF
- 15.76 %
FC BATE Borisov 1-1 Valencia CF
- 11.69 %
FC BATE Borisov 1-2 Valencia CF
- 11.41 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Nov 7, 2012||Valencia CF 4 - FC BATE Borisov 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 23, 2012||FC BATE Borisov 0 - Valencia CF 3|
|FC BATE Borisov|
|Feb 21, 2013||Fenerbahçe 1 - FC BATE Borisov 0||EL|
|Feb 14, 2013||FC BATE Borisov 0 - Fenerbahçe 0||EL|
|Dec 5, 2012||FC Bayern München 4 - FC BATE Borisov 1||UCL|
|Nov 20, 2012||FC BATE Borisov 0 - LOSC Lille Métropole 2||UCL|
|Nov 7, 2012||Valencia CF 4 - FC BATE Borisov 2||UCL|
|18||Jose Andrés Guardado||Midfielder|