Prediction and odds for the game: Minsk (9/5) v Torpedo Zhodino (17/10)
We are backing the draw at odds of 2/1
When: Saturday 2nd May 2020, kick-off 12 PM
Where: The Stadion FK Minsk
On Saturday afternoon, Minsk host Torpedo Zhodino in the Belarus Premier League, as the visitors attempt to stay amongst the leading pack at the top of the table.
The team from the capital have enjoyed a mixed started to the new league campaign. Minsk recorded two straight wins at the beginning of the season, only to suffer three straight league defeats against Energetik-BGU, BATE Borisov and Ruh Brest.
However, in their last league game, Andrey Razin’s team bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Slavia Mozyr. The result at Slavia means that there have been over 2.5 goals scored in four of their opening six matches in the Belarussian top-flight.
The Stadion FK Minsk has been a happy hunting ground for Minsk of late, as they have won seven of their last nine league matches on home soil. They will hope that a 3-0 defeat against BATE Borisov in their last home match was just a one-off. Minsk’s recent home games in the league have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in ten of their last 14 outings.
One negative for the home side is that they have won just one of their last seven home matches against Torpedo.
The visitors have made a creditable start to the new Belarus Premier League campaign, picking up 11 points from their opening six league games. Back-to-back draws against BATE Borisov and Ruh Brest not only mean Torpedo are unbeaten in three league outings, it means that they have also kept three straight clean sheets too.
The visitors have shown themselves to be a formidable defensive barrier this season, keeping five clean sheets in their six league games, while conceding just two goals in the process. On the flip-side, though, Torpedo have also scored just four times in their six league games too. Their games this season so far have certainly not been the most entertaining in the Belarussian top-flight.
Despite their solid start to the new league campaign, Torpedo’s away record in the Premier League remains poor. The visitors head into this clash on the back of just one away win in their last seven outings in the Belarussian top-flight.
Unsurprisingly, considering the dearth of goals in their matches so far this season, their three away matches have all produced under 2.5 goals.
Torpedo have enjoyed a slightly better start to the new league campaign than Minsk. However, their away form remains a worry, so with not much to separate the pair, we are backing the draw. Also, with the lack of goals in Torpedo’s matches this season we are backing under 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 2/1 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/15. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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