Lille vs BATE Borisov by Isaiah
Lille is starting their Champions League adventure not with the best morale as they have still no victory to French Championnat. Their last game it was away to Troyes, where although they were ahead in the score up to 88th minute, they did not won. Anyway, their performance finally was pretty good, and this is some good news that will help them to the next games.
It's still the beginning of the season, and it is too early to judge Lille, a team that have many new players to their squad, and it was sure that they will need some time to adapt. Their coach stated that the time has come for a win, as his roster finally understands his mentality.
In relation to their last match, key forward Salomon Kalou is back to the main eleven, and there is no other absents. Main midfielder Rio Mavuba was rested to the game against Troyes and returns tonight, while Florent Balmont and Marvin Martin are ready to partner with him in the midfield line. Brazilian striker Tulio de Melo will be to the top of the attack.
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BATE Borisov is the outsider of this group, but this does not mean that they will not fight for qualification. BATE has some experience from the top club competition, as the last six years they conquered the title in Belarus league. This season everything shows that they will win the title once again, as they are leading the table with one point more than Sachtior, and they have played a game less.
Last Saturday they rested many of key players to the league match against Torpedo at home ahead of the Champions League game, and BATE won with from Alyaksandr Pawlaw and Marko Simic, increasing the undefeated streak to 13 games.
However, at Champions League group level, they have no victory in their last 13 games away from home, so they can't say big words with no away win in Europe. The requirements are many for such a difficult opponent, and throughout the match the concentration is necessary in order to get a result there.
Only absentee is midfielder Dzmitry Baha, who is missing long term due to injury. Dzmitry Mazalewski and Vitali Rodionov will play in front line.
May the odds are low for Lille win, but it is the Champions League premier, playing at home, where Lille usually has the experience and the strength to win against opponents like BATE. I believe that Lille will get all three points difficult or not.
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