Prediction & odds for the game: Isloch (10/11) v Neman Grodno (11/4)
When: Saturday, 21st March 2020 @ 1pm K.O
Where: FC Minsk Stadium
Isloch will go head to head with Neman Grodno this weekend as the Belarusian Premier League’s opening round of fixtures continue.
Following a campaign that saw them finish in the top five last season, Isloch are hoping to continue that forward momentum by pushing on and potentially making a title challenge this time around. Whether or not they’re able to get to that next level is a different matter altogether, but they’re certainly determined. In terms of rising teams in the game over in Belarus, Isloch are hoping that they can push into the mainstream and really start putting this nation on the map in world football.
Coming into enemy territory will perhaps feel a little bit redundant under the current set of circumstances that we all face around the globe, but Neman Grodno will be eager to try and push away from any lingering relegation woes they may have. They’ll know that the expectation is for them to lose without much of a fight, but that isn’t what they’re going there to do. They’ll be making that 150-mile trip west with the purpose of coming away with something to inspire their fans in these difficult times.
It should be an intriguing clash of styles at the weekend between two teams who are hoping to start the season off in the right way. Isloch will try and impose their will on the game from the first minute, forcing Neman back in an attempt to bully them into submission. We think the visitors are going to put up a valiant fight, but in the end, they’re just going to be far too overwhelmed with Isloch coming away with a big three points to kickstart their potential title push.
We think both teams will be pretty trigger happy in this one, and we aren’t expecting a clean sheet, which is why we’re backing the over 2.5 goals market.
For fans out there who are looking to expand their horizons and still catch a glimpse of professional football along the way, this could be the right game for you. Nobody knows how much longer the league is going to carry on for over in Belarus, but if they can provide us with the kind of entertainment value that we’re so sorely lacking right now, perhaps we can forget about the chaos currently ensuing.
The major European leagues may get all of the attention from the media, but these minor leagues help to make the football world go round – and that’ll continue to be the case for many years to come.
Verdict: Back the home at odds of 10/11 and the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/5. (All odds are taken from bet365).