Lowly Belshina, currently languishing at the foot of the Belarus Premier League table, face a tough trip to Minsk this weekend to take on Isloch. The home side are in fifth place in the league, just two points behind BATE in third, and they will want to put on a show in front of their own fans on Sunday.
You can read our expect analysis of the game here. We’ll identify where you can find good betting value in the game, and also give you a prediction on how we think things will turn out on Sunday.
Isloch will be pleased that Sunday’s game is being played at their Stadyen Traktar home ground, after they were beaten heavily in their last league outing. That game was away to Shakhtyor and Vitaly Zhukovsky’s Isloch were hammered 4-0.
That result will have come as a disappointment after the two previous games, both at home, ended in victory. In their last two home games, Isloch have beaten Vitebsk 2-0 and Slavia 2-1. Those results should give Zhukovsky’s team plenty of confidence that they can put things right. We expect them to enjoy an emphatic win by at least three clear goals in this game.
Eduard Gradoboev’s Belshina team will be travelling more in hope than expectation to their nation’s capital this weekend. They are without a league win so far in 2020, with their only two league points having come from back-to-back draws away at Neman Grodno and at home to Smolevichy-STI. Those two draws have been followed with two consecutive defeats. A trip to Slutsk on April 26 saw Belshina beaten 3-2, and they lost 3-0 at home to Dinamo Brest last weekend. None of those results will have given them any confidence at all heading into this Sunday’s game.
These two sides have not met for a few years, with their most recent clash having been in July 2017 in a Cup tie. That game, played at Belshina’s home in Bobruisk, ended with Isloch winning 4-1. The last league meetings between the teams were in 2017. Belshina actually performed well that season, winning 3-2 at Isloch. The game played in Bobruisk ended in a goalless draw. Prior to 2016, the teams’ last meeting was in a two-legged Cup tie in 2015. Belshina won the tie 4-1 on aggregate, after winning the first leg at home 3-0.
You can see some of the statistical points to note about this game below. We have used these previous performances to make our prediction about this weekend’s game. As you can see, neither team has much of an upper hand over the other in recent times, though it has been a few years since they last played each other in the league.
When it comes to the outcome of this game, we think that a home win looks more likely than any other result, given the form of the two teams this season.
We think that home advantage will prove to be a big factor in determining the outcome of this match. Belshina have also been in pretty dreadful form so far in 2020, and we can’t see them turning things around in Minsk this weekend. Isloch endured a tough outing last weekend, getting drubbed 4-0 away at Shaktyor. Their form up to that point had taken up to fifth place in the table, though, and they will be keen to put things right on their return to home soil on Sunday.
William Hill are offering odds of 1.65 on the 1X2 market for Isloch to win the match. We think that this is a good bet, particularly given how poorly Belshina have performed, especially away from home, so far this season. We expect Isloch to win the game 2-0, an outcome for which William Hill are offering odds of 6.50.