The UEFA Champions League is one of the premier football tournaments in the world and before the main tournament starts, there is a qualifying round to get through to decide the final 32 teams.
Dinamo Tbilisi v Dinamo Zagreb
FK Qarabag v Viktoria Plzen
Apoel Nicosia v Rosenborg
Red Star Belgrade v Ludogorets Razgrad
Dundalk v BATE Borisov
BATE Borisov won last weekend in front of their home fans against Dundalk in a massive 1-0 struggle, with a very late 70th minute goal despite dominating the game throughout. The team will have confidence coming into that game, after winning their weekend fixture against Dinamo Brest by a score of 2-0 to continue their 10 point domination of the Belarus Premier League. Their offence has been quite intriguing as they fired over 20 shots at goal and hit the woodwork twice, but were able to find the net only once. Forwards Gordeychuk and Rodionov are the experienced forwards netting 15 goals so far this season, and will be aiming to push on for a win. Gordeychuk has scored in his last 2 games, and will be looking forward to getting another one tonight.
Dundalk are behind in the leg after falling 1-0; and had their games postponed to focus on this game, but will be on edge coming into this game against a strong BATE team with a good reputation in the Champions League. Dundalk will be looking to attack a lot in this game trying to tie the leg up in front of their home fans. They have struggled so far this campaign drawing 2 games in the previous round (qualifying on away goals) and losing the last one. Their struggles in Europe are visible to see; and will be looking to try to score early on to put pressure on BATE.
BATE is clearly a stronger team, but will need to improve upon the 0-0 game they had with Dundalk away from home the last time they met in 2015; but I believe they are more confident ahead of this fixture, and should look to win this game.