Our prediction for this Other match:
All eyes will be on Stadion FK Minsk when Minsk at BATE face each other in the Belarusian Premier League derby. Following back-to-back wins over Belshina and Dinamo Minsk, Andrey Razin’s men suffered a 2-0 loss to ten-man Energetyk-BGU at the weekend, with the team dropping to the third position in the standings. Minsk aim to get back on course as soon as possible, but they will have a big fish to fry in Sunday’s football match against the title-chasing side.
BATE, on the other hand, gave fans some cheer at the weekend as they defeated Ruch 1-0 at home ground. The Belarusian giants created a number of clear-cut opportunities to score in their last league fixture, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Minsk. Seeing that the home side experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the previous two league games, we are tempted to put our money on Kirill Alshevskiy’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Egor Filipenko):
Egor Filipenko is a Maccabi Tel Aviv defender who was born in Minsk, Belarus on 10 April, 1988. He began his senior career at BATE Borisov, but his main goal was to join Russian Premier League. His wish came true in 2008 as he signed a contract with Russian giants Spartak Moscow.
After playing 16 league games for the capital club, he returned to BATE Borisov in 2011 on loan and he eventually signed a permanent deal with the Belarusian outfit. On 5 January, 2015 Filipenko joined la Liga side Malaga on a two-and-a-half-year deal, but he made no more than eight league appearances with los Boquerones. In the summer of 2016 the Belarusian footballer moved to Israel, signing a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Speaking of his international career, Egor Filipenko made his Belarus debut on 12 September, 2007, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Slovenia in the Euro 2008 qualifier. His contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (BATE):
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.