Prediction and odds for the game: Smolevichi (14/1) v BATE Borisov (1/4)
We are backing the away win
When: Sunday, 10th May, Kick-off 16:00
Where: The Stadyen FLC Oktyabrsky
On Sunday afternoon, Smolevichi host BATE Borisov at the Stadyen FLC Oktyabrsky, as the visitors look to continue a good recent run of form in the Belarus Premier League.
The home side has made a poor start to the new Premier League campaign. Smolevichi are 15th place in the league table, having picked up just three points from their seven league matches so far this season. A 2-0 home defeat against Energetik-BGU last time out in the Premier League means that Smolevichi have failed to win in 15 league matches dating back to September.
The home team have problems finding the net in the top-flight, having failed to score in four of their last six matches in the Premier League. Their lack of firepower has led to under 2.5 goals scored in ten of their last 11 matches.
Smolevichi have been poor on home soil in the Premier League, failing to win in nine league games, while suffering seven defeats in the process. Once again, the home sides lacklustre of attacking threat is illustrated in the fact that they have failed to score in six of their last eight home matches in the top-flight.
The visitors have hit form of late after a poor start to the campaign. BATE are now unbeaten in five Premier League games, having recorded four wins in the process. Last time out the visitors recorded a 3-1 win against Neman Grodno. The game saw BATE score at least twice for the third time in four league outings. At the other end of the pitch, they have also kept four clean sheets in five Premier League outings.
The recent good form has BATE well place in the table, third-place and just three points behind league leaders Slutsk.
Although BATE have a slightly inconsistent recent away record, they have won five of their last seven matches in the Premier League. They have also lost just two of their last 11 league games on their travels. The visitor’s recent away games in the top-flight have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six matches on their travels.
These two teams have only met twice in the Belarus Premier League, with BATE recording victories in both meetings.
The home side’s league form has been poor since last season. Therefore, it is not a big surprise they are struggling in the current campaign. We are backing BATE to continue their recent good form in this clash. The other bet we are backing is the over 2.5 goals scored, as BATE’s away games tend to produce a lot of goals.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 1/4 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at evens (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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