Prediction and odds for the game: Belshina Bobruisk (27/20) v Smolevichi (9/4)
We are backing the draw at odds of 2/1
When: Friday 17th April 2020, Kick-off 3:30 PM
Where: Stadyen Spartak
On Friday afternoon, Belshina Bobruisk host Smolevichi in the Belarus Premier League, as both teams look to kick-start their campaigns.
The home side is currently rock bottom of the table after a terrible start to their league campaign. Belshina have picked up just a point from their opening four league games of the season. A 1-1 draw at Neman Grodno ended a three-game losing run. The draw may have been more positive than the opening three league defeats, but it means that Belshina have failed to win in 11 Premier League matches dating back to last October.
It may not come as a surprise that the home side has struggled to pick up wins on home soil of late, as the hosts have failed win in eight matches at home in the Premier League, including suffering four defeats in their last six matches. Their recent home games in the Belarussian top-flight have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five league matches at the Stadyen Spartak.
The visitors have picked up just one point than the home side this season in the Belarus top-flight. Like their hosts, Smolevichi are winless this season, having drawn twice and suffered two defeats. Last time out, Aleksandr Brazevich’s team drew 0-0 at home against Shakhtyor. This season’s poor results mean that Smolevichi have failed to win in 12 matches in the top-flight since last September. The visitors recent league games have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in seven of their last eight matches dating back to last season.
Smolevichi have a poor recent away record in the Belarus Premier League, as they have failed to win in six matches on their travels, picking up just three draws and suffering three defeats in the process. Their recent away games in the top-flight have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven matches on the road. However, both teams have scored in four of their last five home matches in the table.
Interestingly, Smolevichi have not scored more than one goal away from home in the league in ten games. In fact, the visitors have only ever scored more than once in two of their 17 away games in the Belarus top-flight since making their debut in the Premier League.
In terms of recent form, these teams are both as bad as each other. Both will be desperate for a victory, but we are backing the draw as neither team look confident enough to record a win. We are also backing under 2.5 goals scored due to the respective team’s recent low-scoring games.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 2/1 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 2/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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