Our prediction for this Champions League match:
As expected, Qarabag eliminated Kukesi in the Champions League second qualifying round, with the team rolling over the Albanian side 3-0 in front of home fans in the return leg. The Azeri aim to enjoy yet another successful campaign in the Champions League group stages, but the two-legged tie against BATE Borisov will be anything but a walk in the park for them. Qarabag managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous four games in the elite competition and we predict that the hosts are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Tuesday’s football match. The Belarusian champions defeated Helsinki in the second qualifying round, but Qarabag are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Alexey Baga’s men than their previous rivals. A low-scoring affair is on the cards, but seeing that the Azerbaijan champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Richard):
Richard is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder at Qarabag of Azerbaijan. Richard Almeida de Oliveira was born on March 20, 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and he started his senior career at Santo Andre. After making only four appearances in the league for the Brazilian club, he signed a loan deal with Portuguese side Gil Vicente.
In 2012 he moved to Azerbaijan, signing a contract with Qarabag and he has been playing for the Atilar ever since. Richard impressed in his debut season with the club as he scored 13 goals in 30 appearances in the national championship for Qarabag. The 177-cm tall player made his Azerbaijan debut on June 10, 2017 in a 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both attacking midfielder and a left winger as well. It has to be noted that Richard’s contract with Qarabag should expire on June 30, 2018.
Highlighted Team (BATE Borisov):
Bate Borisov are a Belarusian club based in Borisov. BATE is an acronym of Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics and it has to be noted that club was founded in 1973. One year later BATE Borisov wan Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic title and they won two more trophies in the competition (1976, 1979) before being disbanded in 1984.
In 1996 the club was re-established and they have been dominating the Belarusian Premier League ever since. The Belarusian giants won their 13th domestic trophy in the post-Soviet era in 2016, with the team finishing the season 11 points clear of second-placed Shakhtyor Soligorsk. BATE Borisov qualified for the Champions League group stages for the first time in the 2008/2009 season, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the elite competition.
A number of top-class footballers played for the club in the past and the likes of Alexander Hleb, Vitali Kutuzov and Yuri Zhevnon should be mentioned. BATE play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, while they wear yellow when playing on the road.