Prediction and odds for the game: Vitebsk (19/4) v Shakhter Soligorsk (13/20)
We are backing the away win
When: Sunday, 10th May 2020 Kick-off 14:00
Where: The Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski
On Sunday afternoon, Vitebsk host Shakhter Soligorsk at the Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski, as both teams look to move closer to the European spots in the Belarus Premier League.
The home side has made a mixed start to their league campaign, picking up ten points from their first seven league outings. However, if results go their way this weekend Vitebsk could move level on points with BATE Borisov, who occupy the last European berth in the Belarus top-flight.
However, the omens for a home win are not good, as the home side head into this on the back of two straight defeats against Isloch and last time out Slavia Mozyr. They have also conceded at least two goals in both losses. The 3-2 home defeat against Slavia broke a trend for Vitebsk, as 14 of their previous 15 league outings had produced under 2.5 goals.
The home side has not been great at home in the league of late, as they have won just three of their previous 12 matches on home soil. Their recent home games, like their league games in general, have been relatively low-scoring with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their previous seven outings.
The visitors are just a point ahead of their hosts in the top-flight table after an underwhelming start to the new league campaign. However, there has been encouraging signs of late that their form has turned for the better, as they have now won their last three games in all competitions. Last time out they hammered Isloch 4-0. The game saw Shakhter score at least two goals for a third straight competitive match.
When it comes to their recent away record it is rather like their general record, which is of course highly inconsistent. They are however unbeaten in three away games heading into this clash, having recorded two wins and a draw. Once again, the record points to things improving for Shakhter, especially as they have all kept clean sheets in those three unbeaten away games. The games continued a low-scoring trend on their travels for the visitors, as their last five league matches on the road have produced under 2.5 goals.
Another positive for Shakhter is that they have beaten Vitebsk in five of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
The two teams recent form is contrasting heading into this clash. We are backing the game to go with the form, by backing the away win. With Vitebsk reputation as a team that produces low-scoring games, we are also backing under 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 13/20 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/7. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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