BATE Borisov vs Roma by Enzo
BATE Borisov was a bit lucky to enter the Champions League group stage, winning over two of their three qualifying opponents thanks to a one goal difference, against Hungarian side Videoton and against Irish side Dundalk, while they progress from the play-off round only thanks to away goal rule against Serbian champions Partizan. Having that in mind, but also their roster's quality, no doubt that the team will be satisfied with playing six matches here already.
First round game against Leverkusen away from home revealed many weaknesses in such a quality competition, as the team got outplayed and suffered 1:4 defeat. They never looked really competitive even though the team temporarily equalized in 13th minute via Milunovic and had a 1:1 result till the second half, however their defensive lineup totally collapsed once the second half has started. Probably they will try to focus on home matches and try to snatch some points in front of own fans, but at the same time it won't be any easy at all, while the draw here would surely represent a positive result for them. Coach Aleksandar Yermakovich only misses forward Vitali Rodionov for this game. They should be lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Signevich alone in attack.
Roma, on the other side, surprisingly took a point in the first round of Champions League group stage, when the Italian side welcomed Barcelona and limited them to a 1:1 draw. Spaniards took the lead in 21st minute via Suarez, but the Italians reply fast, with a goal in 31st minute scored by Florenzi. Visitors were better till the end, but the home side managed to control their domination out.
It wasn't a three pointer, but it was positive enough result that gives the team hope that they can end up between first two places. However, in order to do that and to feel more confident in the remaining of the competition, they will need to get a victory here, against surely the weakest link in the group. As for domestic league, they come from a 5:1 victory over Carpi, which surely have improved their morale. Manolas, Pjanic, Salah, Gervinho and Digne were goalscorers, as the team now stands sixth at the table, having four points less than leaders from Fiorentina. Edin Dzeko and Francesco Totti are both sidelined for the visitors, while they also miss goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and midfielder Seydou Keita are all out. Their formation should be 4-3-3 with Gervinho, Iturbe and Salah up front.
Easy or hard, Roma should be able to walk away with all three points from Belarus. After a point taken against Barcelona, their morale can only be sky high and having in mind that Leverkusen already won against BATE, this game is close to a must win for the Italians as well. They should be able to prevail, having in mind big individual quality difference.