Match of the Europa League, day 4 of the group stage, play Cologne against BATE at the RheinEnergieStadion of the city of Cologne, let’s analyze each of the teams:
Cologne in the last year has won 13 games, tied 17 and lost 18, is in the last position of the Bundesliga of Germany and descending directly to the Bundesliga 2, has only 2 points in 10 matches, in the Europa League is in the fourth position of the group, has lost the 3 games he has played. In addition, he has only one goal in favor and 5 against, as a local player he has played only one game and he lost it 0-1 against Estrella Roja, his only goal was scored by Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba (he is injured), he will not be able to Having this Colombian striker with a thigh injury, neither will German defender Jonas Hector, who has an ankle injury since Sept. 15, also play with Slovenian defender Dominic Maroh because of a foot injury. The defender is from the Cologne starting line-up, nor will Danish defender Nikolas Nartey, who has a knee injury since September 19, be in doubt the Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro who has a thigh injury since on October 23 and another that has not recovered is the German midfielder Marcel Risse who has a knee injury for just over a month.
BATE in the last year has won 29 games, tied 8 and lost 11, in the Vysshaya League of Belarus is in third place and qualifying again for Europa League next season, they fell in the semifinals of access to the Champions League against Slavia Praga after losing 1-0 and winning 2-1, in the finals to qualify for the Europa League eliminated Oleksandriya after drawing 1-1 and winning 1-2, in Europa League they are in second place in the group , have 4 points in 3 games played, have a game won, one tied and another lost. In addition, he has 4 goals in favor and 5 goals against, as a visitor he has played only one game and he tied it 1-1 against Estrella Roja, yes, the same one that won to Cologne as visitor, 71, 4% of their goals have been scored in the second half, they can not count on Croatian defender Jurica Buljat who is not a BATE holder and has been injured since October 17.
The referee will be the Macedonian Aleksandar Stavrev, who is 40 years old and in 2017 has already beaten 3 Europa League matches, drawing 13 yellow cards in total, 4 in the match between Konyaspor and Vitória Guimaraes played on September 28, 4 in the match between Legia Warsaw and Sheriff played on August 17 and 5 in the match between Utrecht and Lech Poznan played on July 27. A BATE was called for the last time in a Champions League game, was played on July 28, 2015, match against Videoton as a visitor that ended with a 1-1 score and this referee took 3 yellow cards on that occasion.
The betting houses insist on giving Cologne as a favorite against BATE, in the past it was the same, although BATE was local, the houses paid the same fee for their victory as the one in Cologne. Have not they realized that Colonia this season does not beat the worst team in Europe? For those who do not remember, the first leg was played on October 19 with victory for BATE by score 1-0 with Belarusian goal Aleksey Rios at minute 55, I’m cautious and I’m going with the +1 in favor of BATE secure the gains of this encounter. On the other hand, BATE is one of the weak teams of the group, apart from Cologne, although they are in the second position, they need to get these 3 points to continue with the aspirations of playing the next phase of the Europa League, I see a clear value share to the victory or draw of the visiting team.
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