Prediction and odds for the game: Gorodeya (9/2) v BATE Borisov (11/20)
We are backing the draw
When: Saturday 25th April 2020, Kick-off 3 PM
Where: The Stadyen Haradzeya
On Saturday afternoon, Gorodeya host BATE Borisov at the Stadyen Haradzeya, as the home side eye up top spot in the Belarus Premier League.
Like most teams at the start of the new league campaign, Gorodeya have kicked off the season in an inconsistent manner. The home side started the league campaign with two straight defeats.
However, since then Gorodeya have gone on to record three straight victories, including a 1-0 win at Energetik in their last league outing. The recent good run of form has put Oleg Radushko’s team just a point off the top of the table.
Gorodeya’s recent league matches have been tight, low-scoring affairs with under 2.5 goals scored in all five league matches this season.
The home sides recent results on home soil in the Belarus Premier League have been inconsistent, to say the least. They have won just three of their last eight home league games dating back to September 2019. Their most recent home matches in the top-flight have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five outings.
Like the home side, BATE suffered defeat in their opening two games of the league campaign. However, the visitors have bounced back to take seven points from their last three games. A goalless draw against Torpedo Zhodino ended a two-game winning run in the Belarus top-flight for BATE.
Not only are the home team unbeaten in three league games, but they have also kept three straight clean sheets in the Belarus Premier League. Despite the recent clean sheets, their league games have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in seven of their last nine matches in the Belarus Premier League.
BATE have a highly inconsistent recent record on the road in the top-flight. The visitors have won four of their last six away games in the league, but have also lost two of their three league games on their travels this season.
Their recent away games in the Premier League have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in their last five matches in the Belarus Premier League. The fact that BATE have failed to score in just one of their last 15 away matches in the league has been a factor in those high-scoring matches.
BATE have a decent recent record against the home side, as they have lost just two of the last eight meetings with Gorodeya in the Belarussian top-flight.
Both teams have returned to form of late after poor starts to their league campaigns. This is a difficult one to call, as Gorodeya’s home form has been mixed, while BATE have been inconsistent on their travels in Belarus Premier League. Those two things add up to us backing the draw. We also believe it will be a relatively tight game, so are also backing the under 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 14/5 and/or the under 2.5 goals at odds of 3/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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