Prediction and odds for the game: Minsk (11/4) v BATE Borisov (19/20)
We are backing the home win
When: Sunday 12th April 2020, Kick-off 1 PM (GMT)
Where: The Stadion FK Minsk
On Sunday afternoon, Minsk host BATE Borisov at the Stadion FK Minsk, as the home side look to continue their decent start to their campaign in the Belarus Premier League.
The home side has kicked off their league campaign with two wins and a defeat. The team from the country’s capital started their campaign with wins over Belshina Bobruisk and city rivals Dinamo Minsk before suffering a 2-0 defeat at in-form Energetik-BGU in their last game.
The two wins have been enough for Minsk to be third in the table. They will be hoping to pick up another three points to stay in the leading pack in the Premier League.
Minsk have been strong on home soil dating back to last season. In fact, the home team has won seven of their last eight home games in the Premier League. They have also suffered just one home defeat in 11 league outings. Although Minsk have not always been prolific on home soil in the Premier League, they have scored in the last 11 home games.
The former dominant force of the Belarussian Premier League have started their campaign un underwhelming fashion. BATE started their campaign with back-to-back defeats against Energetik and Slavia Mozyr before winning their last league game 1-0 against Ruh Brest. Just when things seemed to be looking up, BATE suffered a midweek 1-0 Cup loss against Slavia once again.
Back to league action and before the game against Ruh Brest, their previous six league games had produced over 2.5 goals. Their games have certainly not lacked entertainment of late that is for sure.
The visitors recent away form is best described as inconsistent. They have lost their last two away matches. However, before the two defeats, they were seven games unbeaten on their travels. BATE always seem to offer an attacking threat on the road, even if their recent results have not been great. In fact, they have scored in their last 11 away matches in the Primera League. Their attacking efforts have contributed to six of their last seven away games producing over 2.5 goals.
The visitors have a relatively good recent record against Minsk, as they have won four of the last six meetings between the two teams in all competitions.
BATE have made a poor start to the campaign there is no question about that. We fancy Minsk to edge the victory in this clash, which is why we are backing the home win. The other bet we are backing is the over 2.5 goals, as Minsk always seem to score at home while the same can be said of BATE on their travels.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 11/4 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at evens. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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