Prediction and odds for the game: BATE Borisov (3/10) v Slutsk (17/2)
We are backing over 2.5 goals scored
When: Saturday, 16th May 2020, Kick-off 17:00
Where: The Borisov Arena
On Saturday evening, BATE Borisov host Slutsk at the Borisov Arena, as top two teams in the Belarus Premier League go head-to-head.
The home side heads into this clash top of the Belarus Premier League table after a recent good run of form. However, they are only above the second-place visitors by virtue of superior goal difference.
Kiryl Alshevskiy’s team are unbeaten in six league matches, having recorded five wins in the process. They have been prolific in front of goal of late, scoring at least two goals in four of their last five outings in the top-flight. The home side also has a decent recent defensive record in the Belarus top-flight of late, keeping clean sheets in four of their last six league outings.
BATE have a strong recent home record in the Premier League, winning 13 of their last 16 matches on home soil. More recently they are unbeaten in four home games in the league, having recorded three wins. Although they have not always been prolific at home of late in the top-flight, they have scored in 15 of their last 16 league games on home soil.
BATE have a good recent record in recent meetings against Slutsk, winning eight of the last nine encounters.
The visitors have enjoyed a very creditable start to the new league campaign in the top-flight. As previously mentioned, they only trail leaders BATE courtesy of inferior goal difference at the top of the table.
A good start to the campaign was slightly curtailed by a 2-1 home defeat against Energetik-BGU last time out in the league. The defeat ended a three-game winning run for Slutsk in the Belarus top-flight. However, it was the fourth straight Slutsk league game that had produced over 2.5 goals. Not only that, but both teams have also scored in their last six Premier League matches.
Slutsk are a dangerous team on their travels, as they have won their last four league games on the road. The visitors attacking threat has been one of the main reasons for their positive recent results in the top-flight. They have scored at least two goals in five of their last away matches in the league. Those prolific attacking displays have contributed to five of their last six matches on the road producing over 2.5 goals.
This could be a massive game in the title race, even so early in the season. We can see BATE continuing their recent good league form by recording a victory in a high-scoring encounter, as both teams have been in good form going forward in recent games.
Verdict: We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/13 and/or the home win at odds of 3/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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