BATE Borisov will take comfort from their impressive record in UEFA Champions League play-offs as they take on Partizan, who are playing their 100th game in the competition.
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BATE Borisov will seek to maintain their 100% record in UEFA Champions League play-off ties as Partizan bid to mark a European milestone with an away victory.
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition. Neither has previously tackled a club from their opponent's country.
• Serbian teams have had marginally the better of the seven games between the nations' clubs in UEFA competition with the record W3 D2 L2. The Serbian side has won the last two two-legged ties between the nations' clubs.
• BATE are unbeaten in four European matches this season (W2 D2).
• BATE have won all three of their UEFA Champions League play-off ties to date.
• BATE have lost just twice in 25 UEFA Champions League qualifying home fixtures (W15 D8 L2) – 3-0 to Helsingborg in 2000 and 1-0 to Shakhter Karagandy in 2013.
• This is Partizan's first UEFA Champions League play-off since they got the better of Anderlecht on penalties after two 2-2 draws to reach the 2010/11 group stage.
• Partizan are unbeaten in four UEFA Champions League qualifying away games (W2 D2).
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• The first leg is Partizan's 100th match in the UEFA Champions League and European Champion Clubs' Cup; the previous 99 ended W39 D22 L38. It will be BATE's 75th game in Europe's top club competition.
• Partizan midfielder Saša Ilić will reach 50 UEFA Champions League appearances (including qualifying) if he features in both legs against BATE.
• BATE have two Serbian players – left-back Filip Mladenović and midfielder Nemanja Milunović – while their Montenegrin midfielder Nemanja Nikolić also has Serbian league experience.
• Mladenović played for Borac Čačak(2010–12) and Crvena zvezda (2012–14); Milunović represented Borac Čačak (2008) and Mladost Lučani (2009–14); Nikolić was at Crvena zvezda (2008–10), Spartak Subotica (2010–11) and OFK Beograd (2011–13).
• Former Partizan player and coach Vuk Rašović is currently in charge of BATE's main rivals in Belarus, Dinamo Minsk. He was previously the club's sporting director.