Valencia CF and FC BATE Borisov will face each other at the Estadio de Mestalla in Spain. This will be the second encounter between the top two teams of the 2012-13 Group F UEFA Champions League (UCL) season.
What will transpire between the two teams? A review of the team is needed before predicting the outcome.
Valencia started the Group F UCL campaign with a loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. The team learned from its defeat and prepared for its next two matches.
In a tough encounter with BATE Borisov in Belarus, Valencia prevailed with three electrifying goals by Roberto Soldado in a 3-0 win. Soldado's first goal was a penalty kick on the stroke of halftime, before the former Real Madrid man struck twice more in the second half.
Valencia CF is currently No. 10 in the 2012-13 UEFA Ranking system.
FC BATE Borisov
The goals by Aleksandr Pavlov, Vitali Rodionov, and Renan Bressan were instrumental in the shock victory against the Bundesliga giants. While BATE Borisov defeated Lille in its first match, no comparison can be made with the victory against Bayern Munich.
2012-13 Group F UEFA Champions League Ranking
Valencia, BATE Borisov, and Bayern Munich each have six points in the group, while Lille are winless. The goal differentials for each team are the following: Valencia (plus-4), BATE Borisov (plus-1), Bayern Munich (0) and Lille (minus-5).
Conclusion and Prediction
BATE Borisov will attempt to avenge its previous defeat to Valencia in this match, while the Spanish club will try to advance to the next round by defeating their Belarusian counterparts.
Both teams cannot afford to make mistakes in this crucial UCL match. It is expected to be a tough battle, with my predicted score at Estadio de Mestalla:
FC BATE Borisov 2-3 Valencia CF