A 69th minute goal from Renan Bardini Bressan away to Viktoria Plze? gave BATE Borisov a precious point a fortnight ago and a tougher Champions League task now awaits them on Wednesday night.
The champions of Belarus must figure out a way of stopping the European champions at Stadion Dynama, although the first port of call is to make sure they are defensively organised and make it hard for the Barcelona players to find Lionel Messi.
Messi is operating as the best player in the world at the moment and that could be seen in evidence on Saturday when the Argentine scored yet another hat-trick against Atletico Madrid. His Barcelona team are a best price 1/6 (Coral – £30 free bets) to claim victory which will mean four points from the first two games.
Indeed, many a Champions League accumulator was busted after Thiago’s late equaliser for Milan at the Nou Camp and that result adds a little more pressure on the visitors for that game, although it could be a case of men against boys. Sky Bet (£35 free betting) are the bravest to offer 8/15 about Pep Guardiola’s team leading at half-time.
Messi will be well backed to score the first goal at 2/1, with partner in crime David Villa also likely to pose problems and Cesc Fabregas has also had a bright start to the season which will see the former Arsenal midfielder in the thick of the action.
Even so, anyone considering that this match might be a cricket score might be mistaken, with the BATE team likely to put everything into keeping the scoreline respectable and a 2-0 away win is available at odds of 6/1.