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Valencia goes to beat Belarus surprising leaders. BATE have a great start in this Champions League campaign, so they will try to remain their first place after the game against Spaniards.
BATE stands on the top of both competitions- the Belarusian Premier Division and Group F of the Champions League. They are in the good form have two excellent wins in the Champions League. They have won 3-1 away at Lille and 3-1 at home to Bayern.
Valencia are in an unconvinced form which leaves them at the ninth place in La Liga with just eleven points. In the Champions League group stage they goes the second after a 2-1 defeat away at Bayern and a 2-0 home victory against Lille.
BATE have a full strength squad, while Valencia will play without few key players. But they still can welcome back Rami and Banega. Piatti and Canales are still out of play.
BATE have won the last six Belarusian titles, but their Champions League form is still under doubt. BATE have begun magnificently this Champions League season with two wins against Lille and Bayern Munich. They had an incredible eighteen match unbeaten run in all competitions until a cup defeat to Torpedo Zhodino last week. But the Belarusian club will try to surprise Valencia.
Valencia haven’t had such a bad league start since 1999 but that year they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. Mauricio Pellegrino’s team holds the second spot and understands all the importance of this match if they want to progress to the knockout stages.
BATE line-up: Gorbunov, Polyakov, Filipenko, Simic, Bordachev, Olekhnovich, Likhtarov, Volodkov, Pavlov, Hleb, Rodionov.
Last three matches:
BATE 3 – FC Bayern München 1;
LOSC Lille Métropole 1 – BATE 3;
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1 – BATE 1.
Valencia line-up: Guaita, Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho, Gago, T Costa, Feghouli, Jonas, Guardado, Soldado.
Last three mathces:
Valencia CF 3 – Athletic Bilbao 2;
Levante 1 – Valencia CF 0;
Valencia CF 2 – LOSC Lille Métropole 0.