As the Belarusian Premier League goes into its 8th weekend, we take a look at Saturday afternoon, where 8th placed Slavia Mozyr host 2nd place side Torpedo BelAZ Zhodino. We’ve taken a look at each side’s recent form, as well as their past results to come with our top recommended betting tip for this match.
It’s been an exciting, and often unpredictable season thus far in the Belarusian Premier League, with just 6 points separating 1st and 10th place. The 2 sides in this fixture both got back to winning ways last weekend, so we can expect tight margins and a buoyant performance from both teams.
After losing 2 and drawing 1 of their last 3, Slavia came from behind to grab an impressive away win against FK Vitebsk. After a slow start to the season, Ukranian forward Maksym Slyusar netted both the 2nd half equaliser and the late winner in the game, so Slavia will hope this spurs him onto a run of goalscoring form. Slavia currently find themselves sitting in 8th place, behind 7th placed Dinamo Brest only on goal difference. Despite their sketchy form, Slavia haven’t had too much trouble finding the net, having scored 10 in the first 7 games of the season.
Similar to their hosts, Torpedo returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion last weekend, with a 5-2 away win over FC Minsk. The high scoring bout in the capital has given a much needed boost to Yuri Puntus’ side, who had previously recorded back to back goalless draws. Putting 5 passed FC Minsk last weekend was certainly unexpected, as Torpedo’s early title challenge has thus far been built on the back of their stable defence. Striker Valeri Gorbachik looks to have kick started his season, as he netted a first half hat trick to throttle his side into the lead in Minsk last weekend.
If you look at the recent history between these two sides, all of the signs point to an away win, as Torpedo have won every single one of their last 5 visits to the Yunost Stadium. It doesn’t look as if a repeat of the high scoring bouts that both sides enjoyed last weekend is likely either. Going all the way back to October 2012, there hasn’t been more than 3 goals in games between these two teams. Despite sitting 6 places below their visitors, Slavia have enjoyed more luck in front of goal, scoring 10 in 7 games.
Slavia haven’t exactly enjoyed a home ground advantage in this fixture, with past results pointing to an away win. If you want a more detailed look at the history between these two sides, we’ve compiled a list of previous results alongside some additional information provided by our statisticians:
Given both teams form so far this season, coupled with the away form Torpedo have traditionally enjoyed in this fixture, we’re going for an away win on Saturday, albeit by a tight margin.
Given what history and this season’s form tell us, we’re following the signs and calling an away win for Torpedo in this one. However, we don’t expect Slavia to make it easy for the visitors and it seems doubtful that Torpedo will repeat last week’s surprise goal haul. With the firepower hat Slavia have, we do think they’ll slip one passed Torpedo’s defensive line, but can’t see them snatching more than one.
Our betting tip this week is Torpedo to win with both teams to score with Paddy Power who are offering odds of 6.00. If we were to call an exact score, we’d predict a 2-1 victory for Torpedo.
The result of the Friday afternoon kick off could also have an extra impact on the game, as League leaders FK Slutsk host FC Energetik-BGU. If Slutsk drop points, Torpedo will go into this game knowing a win will take them top of the table.