The start of the Belarusian Premier League season continues apace on Friday afternoon as Belshina Bobruisk host Gorodeya and Dinamo Minsk take on Zhodino.
Three of the sides are looking for their first points of the campaign, while Zhodino are bidding to maintain their 100% record and leapfrog those above them to go top of the league.
We’ve previewed both of Friday’s matches below.
Belshina Bobruisk v Gorodeya (15:00)
There’s a case to be made that Belshina and Gorodeya are the two strongest teams in the division. That’s not because they’re pulling up trees, more down to the fact they’re holding everyone up at the foot of the table.
That’s right, it’s 15th versus 16th to kick things off. Belshina do at least have the excuse of being new to the league after winning promotion, and it’s a 27/20 chance they open their account for the season with a win.
Gorodeya have proven themselves to be a solid mid-table side in recent seasons so it may just be a case of a slow start for them. Our traders have them at 2/1 to pick up all three points, with the Draw at 2/1.
Goals are usually at a premium in the Vysshaya League, and with just one solitary strike between these sides so far this term, we go 7/5 about Under 1.5 Goals and 11/2 for a 0-0 stalemate.
Dinamo Minsk v Zhodino (17:00)
In contrast to the previous fixture, these two are usually found near the top end of the table. So while it isn’t a surprise that Zhodino still boast a 100% record, it is a shock that Dinamo have lost both of their matches.
Recent history would suggest that the visitors should keep that trend going. Zhodino beat Dinamo 3-0 and 4-0 in the league last season and are 23/10 to take the spoils with 21/5 about another Win to Nil.
It’s also worth noting that the hosts have been particularly porous in the first-half, letting in all four of the goals they’ve conceded in the opening 45. By that token, Zhodino are 5/1 in the Half-Time/Full Time market.
But what if Dinamo do bounce back? They won nine out of 15 home games last term and conceded just 17 goals on their own patch. Our traders have them at 23/20 to win, with Under 2.5 Goals in the match at 1/2.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication