Prediction and odds for the game: Gorodeya (15/4) v Dinamo Minsk (4/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5
When: Saturday 11th April 2020, Kick-off 4 PM
Where: The Stadyen Haradzeya
On Saturday afternoon, Gorodeya host Dinamo Minsk in the Belarus Premier League, as both teams look to kick-start their league campaigns.
The home side has picked up just one win from their first three league outings this season. Gorodeya suffered defeat in their opening two games, going down to defeat against Vitebsk and Shakhter Soligorsk. However, they bounced back to winning ways last time out with a 1-0 away win at Belshina Bobruisk.
The victory over Belshina ended a four-game losing streak for the home side in the top-flight. It also ended a five-game winless run in the Premier League for Gorodeya, dating back to mid-November of last year.
Their last result followed a familiar low-scoring trend for the home side, as six of their last seven league matches have now produced under 2.5 goals, including their last four matches.
Gorodeya have a poor recent home record in the Belarus top-flight, winning just two of their last seven matches. Their recent league games on home soil have been reasonably high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in seven of their ten matches.
In a story similar to the home sides, the club from the capital has won just once in their three league matches this season, collecting just a point in the process.
Dinamo kicked off their league campaign with defeats against Ruh Brest and city rivals Minsk. However, they got back to winning ways last time out by recording a 2-0 win at home against Torpedo Zhodino.
Although two of the visitors three league games this season have been low-scoring, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven matches in the Belarus Premier League. There have also been at least two goals scored in six of their last seven league games.
Dinamo Minsk has a poor recent away record in the top-flight. They have failed to win in their last six league games on their travels while suffering three straight league defeats on the road.
A defensive vulnerability has been the main cause of their poor recent away results, as they have conceded at least three goals in four of their last five league matches. The visitors have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their six winless away matches in the top-flight, contributing to over 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five games on the road.
The two teams have made underwhelming starts to their league campaigns. Their results so far suggest that there is very little between the two teams. Therefore, we are backing the draw. We are also taking a punt on the over 2.5 goals.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at 12/5 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 7/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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