Prediction and odds for the game: Vitebsk (21/20) v Gorodeya (3/1)
We are backing the away victory
When: Saturday 21st March 2020, Kick-off 11 AM
Where: The Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski
On Saturday morning, FK Vitebsk and FK Gorodeya go head-to-head in the opening game of their Belarus Premier League campaigns.
The home side endured a poor campaign last season, as they finished just two points above the relegation zone in the Belarus Premier League. Vitebsk endured a poor run of form at the end of last season in the top-flight, failing to win in their final five league matches. In fact, they suffered four straight defeats at the end of the season.
A lack of goals was the home sides biggest problem towards the end of the campaign, as they failed to score in four of their last five matches in the Belarussian top-flight. Their lacking of goalscoring has contributed to their most recent matches being low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in eight of their last nine outings in the top-flight.
Vitebsk’s home form also contributed to their perilous league position last season, as they have won just one of their last nine league matches on home soil. The home side’s struggles for goals were particularly noticeable in their home matches, as they scored just five times in nine games on home soil.
The visitors finished seventh place in the table last season after a poor end to the campaign. They failed to win in their last three matches, including suffering two straight defeats Gomel and Shakhtyor.
Their most recent Premier League games have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four matches. However, four clean sheets in their last six league games is not a terrible record.
Gorodeya’s recent away record is a very definition of inconsistent, as they have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches on their travels in the top-flight. Their most recent away games in the Belarus Premier League have been relatively low-scoring, as five of their last eight games have produced under 2.5 goals.
Although the home side are slight favourites to record a victory, we fancy the visitors to pull off a victory. They have enjoyed far more positive pre-season results and we think they will edge the home side out. We are also backing a low-scoring encounter, as nine of the last ten meetings between these two teams have produced under 2.5 goals.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 3/1 and/or the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/15. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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