Our match prediction:
By beating SJK in the double-header BATE Borisov set up a meeting with Dundalk in the Champions League third qualifying round. The Belarusian champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it is no surprise they are considered favourites to win the first leg. Aleksandr Yermakovich can count on a number of domestic players, but there are five foreign footballers in the squad as well, but regardless of who will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the first leg. BATE are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, they are eight points clear of second-placed Shakhtyor and we do not believe that Dundalk are capable of upsetting the Belarusian champions in the first leg. Taking everything into account, Dundalk, who were more than fortunate to eliminate FH in the second qualifying round, are likely to suffer a loss in Tuesday’s football match.