Our football match prediction:
BATE Borisov set up a meeting with Slavia Prague by beating Alashkert in the two-legged tie. The Belarusian champions suffered a 1-0 loss to Jaroslav Silhavy’s men at Eden Arena in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round, but it has to be noted that Evgeni Yablonski was sent off in the 19th minute of the game. The 22-year-old defender misses Wednesday’s football game through suspension, but seeing that BATE are tough to beat at home, a close encounter appears on the cards. Slavia Prague are eager to defend their slim lead in the return leg and we predict that the Czech champions are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Borisov Arena clash. The hosts will certainly leave their hearts on the field, but Slavia Prague are more of a team than BATE Borisov and there is every chance the Czechs will advance to the play-offs.
Highlighted Player (Dusan Svento):
Born on 1 August 1985 in in Ruzomberok, Dusan Svento spent his early career playing for the club from his hometown, and he didn’t need a lot of time to catch the eye of Slavia Prague scouts. The winger joined the Czech giants in 2005 and went on to score 6 goals in 82 league appearances during the four years at the club. Svento then managed to cash in on his solid showings on domestic stage, signing for free-spending Red Bull Salzburg, and he went on to win three league trophies with his new club, while making over 40 appearances in European competitions. Svento has spent last couple of years at FC Koln, struggling for playing time, and it looks as though he will be forced to leave the Billy Goats in search of regular playing time. Making the biggest impact as a left winger, but also capable of operating at left-back, Svento has been a member of the Slovakia national team since 2006, but he was not always considered first team regular and currently has less than 40 caps to his name.