SJK vs BATE Betting Tips and Predictions

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Tip Reasoning

SJK were simply outperformed in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League 2nd qualfying leg – their first ever appearance in Europe’s top competition against Champions League “regulars” BATE was not a pleasant one. BATE registered 12 shots on target to SJK’s 3 and had the lion’s share of the possession. It’s not looking great for SJK as the Finnish reigning champions are also underforming in the Veikkausliiga. SJK stand 7th in the table with 23 points from their 17 fixtures so far.

BATE have enjoyed a sensational rise to prominence over the past 15 years or so. Only back in 1996 BATE were fighting down in the Belarus 3rd tier, and just 20 years later they find themselves considered regulars in the Champions League group stages. Champions League football has been in their schedule for four of the last five seasons and BATE have only been eliminated from the competition once at this stage in the past 10 years. BATE are also the inform side in the Belarusian league, sitting 8 points clear in 1st place and with 4 wins from their last 5 matches.

With a 2-0 aggregate coming into this match, BATE are almost certain favourites to get through to the next round and their tactics should follow suit – BATE will likely come out defensively and sit back to play out the 90 minutes. The underdogs SJK will likely find it difficult to break them down, even at home, considering their performance in the first leg. Combining this analysis with the statistics below, we expect under 2.5 goals to be the safe bet for this match and a result of BATE to win 1-0 at 11/2 to be a top value correct score bet for this match.

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