Our football match prediction:
Koln will be aiming to get their revenge on BATE for a 1-0 loss at Borisov Arena when the two teams face each other at RheinEnergieStadion. The Billy Goats have been struggling in all competitions this season, but Thursday’s football match against the Belarusian champions could be the turning point for the hosts. The Bundesliga club failed to turn their dominance into goals in the 1-0 loss to BATE and they are definitely capable of beating Aleksandr Yermakovich’s troops in front of home fans. It has to be noted that Koln hit a woodwork three times in a shocking 1-0 loss to Crvena Zvezda in their first home game of the process. BATE, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. Serbia international Milos Jojic has been producing fine displays in the Europa League this term and the opposition back-line should have him at bay.
Highligted Player (Frederik Sorensen):
Frederik Sorensen is a Danish footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Koln as a defender. He plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a right back as well. Sorensen was born in Copenhagen on 14 April, 1992 and he played for the likes of Roskilde KFUM, Himmelev-Veddelev, FC Roskilde and Lyngby during his youth career. The 194-cm-tall defender was spotted by Juventus scouts in 2010 and on 27 August he officially signed a contract with the “Old Lady”. Nonetheless, Sorensen made no more than 17 league appearances for Juve between 2010 and 2012. On 17 January, 2012 he joined Bologna for a fee of € 2.5 million and he made 42 league appearances for the Rossoblu, scoring two goals for the club. After ending his loan spell with Verona in 2015, he signed a deal with Koln for €1.6 million and he has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. Frederik Sorensen has 15 caps for Denmark U21 team and he played for the U20 and the U17 team as well.
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.