Prediction and odds for the game: Vitebsk (6/4) v Smolevichi (2/1)
We are backing the home win
When: Sunday 5th April 2020, Kick-off 2 PM
Where: The Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski
On Sunday afternoon, Vitebsk host Smolevichi in the Belarus top-flight, as both teams look to recover from defeats last time out in the league.
The home side has made a mixed start to their Premier League campaign. They kicked off the campaign with a 1-0 home win over Gorodeya before losing 2-0 at Neman Grodno is their last league outing.
Vitebsk’s recent record in the Premier League does not read well at all, as they have won just once in their last seven matches in the Belarus top-flight. That record includes losing five of their last six league games. Their most recent matches in the top-flight have certainly not been goal fests, as ten of their last 11 matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Vitebsk have struggled for home wins dating back to the end of last season. They have won just two of their last ten matches on home soil in the Belarus Premier League. The opening day home win over Gorodeya ended a three-game winless run at home for the home team.
The home team have a decent recent record against Smolevichi, as they have lost just one of the last six meetings with the visitors in all competitions.
Like the home side, Smolevichi have made a mixed start to the new season in the Belarus Premier League. However, unlike Vitebsk, the visitors have yet to pick up a victory. They kicked off their campaign with a creditable 1-1 draw at champions Dinamo Brest before going down to a 1-0 defeat at Isloch in their last outing.
The poor results have just continued from the end of last season for the visitors, as they have now failed to win in ten league matches dating back to September.
A low-scoring trend in Smolevichi games has continued from last season too, as ten of their last 11 Premier League matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
Just like their league record in general, the visitors recent away form has been poor. They have won just once in their last ten away games in the Premier League, failing to win in their last six matches on the road. Their recent away matches in the Premier League have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven matches.
Neither of these team’s head into this clash in any sort of form. However, we are edging towards a win, as the home team have at least tasted victory this season and the visitors are poor on the road. We are also backing the under 2.5 goals, simply because both teams tend to be involved in low-scoring matches.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 6/4 and/or the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 19/40. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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