Europa League Group L Preview & Predictions – BATE / Chelsea / POAK / MOL Vidi

BATE
Bate won the 2017 Belarusian Premier League on goal difference
They pipped Dinamo Minsk to the title
They only lost 1 home game in 2017
They are currently top of the league in 2018
Winning 15 of their 19 games
Bate have won the Belarusian League every year since 2006
Last Season they were in the Europa League – but did not make it out of the group stage
Chelsea
Finished 5th last season – 30 point behind winners Man City
Managed to keep hold of Hazard in the summer
Lost against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 last season
Won the FA Cup against Man Utd at Wembley
Won the league in 16/17 under Antonio Conte
New manager this season – Maurizio Sarri
Won 4 out of 4 in this seasons Premier League
PAOK Thessaloniki FC
Finished 2nd behind AEK Athens in the Greek Super League last season
7 points above Olympicaos
The president went onto the pitch with a gun last season – causing the league to be suspended
They got a 3 point deduction and that cost them the league
Won the Greek Cup last season against AEK Athens
Played 2 won 2 this season
Beat Basel and Spartak Moscow in Champions League qualification this season
Lost to Benfica in the final round 5-2 on agg
Videoton / MOL Vidi FC
Won the Hungarian League last season by 2 points over Ferencvacos
Also won the league in 14/15 and 10/11
Those are the only 3 times they’ve ever won the top division in Hungary
Due to sponsorship reasons, the club changed its name from Videoton FC to MOL Vidi FC in 2018
The main sponsor of the club is the Hungarian oil and gas multinational company, MOL
They lost to AEK Athens in the Champions League qualifying 3-2 on agg
Verdict:

Chelsea should win this group easily – even if they rest a few players
BATE were in Arsenal’s Europa League group last year and looked leaky at the back
POAK and MOL Vidi will be battling for 2nd place
MOL Vidi narrowly lost to AEK Athens – and POAK battled against them last year
Whoever comes out on top in their 2 games will qualify

Prediction:

Winner: Chelsea
Runner Up: POAK
3rd: MOL Vidi
4th: BATE Borisov

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