Posted September 29, 2014 by tipsterAdmin in Sport News

2014-15 Champions League Prediction: BATE Borisov vs. Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao UCl 2

Athletic Bilbao UCl 2

Match Date: 30 September 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Borisov Arena

(Featured image: Athletic Bilbao | Source:Zimbio)


BATE and Athletic Bilbao have never brawled in the same pitch at the same time. While their individual records tell plenty of things about their respective capacities, none of these can fully measure their capability in terms of power and grade.


BATE Borisov

The only side from Belarus to compete in the Champions League multiple times, BATE do not disappoint in terms of local flare and international charisma. The squad have managed to put their losses at a minimum in their past 32 matches—having lost zero times in the Premier League. However, the Champions League is a different story and while their form is generally okay, their UEFA Group stage debut was far from acceptable. BATE suffered the worst defeat of the tournament’s opening, conceding six goals to Porto while scoring zero. Their subsequent battle was not that impressive either, as they battled out a goalless draw against Dinamo Minsk in the Belarusian top-tier football.


Athletic Bilbao

Bilbao’s last five matches were largely unimpressive. While they managed to hold Eibar in La Liga and Shakhtar in the Champions League, they failed to earn all the marbles from Barcelona, Granada, and Rayo Vallecano—all in the Spanish top-flight tournament. However, the team have a strong record in UEFA. They have been runner up twice in the Champions League, first in the 1976-77 season and the second in the 2011-12 fixtures. They have also been Europa League participants several times and were winners of the Copa del Rey in 24 non-consecutive editions.


Champions League betting tip: BATE will incur their second consecutive defeat in the Champions League at the hands of Athletic Bilbao.