Prediction and odds for the game: Shakhtyor Soligorsk (2/5) v Neman Grodno (13/2)
We are backing the home win
When: Saturday 04th April 2020, Kick-off 1:30 PM
Where: The Stadyen Budaunik
On Saturday afternoon, Shakhtyor Soligorsk host Neman Grodno in the Belarus Premier League, as both sides look to get over mixed starts to their league campaigns so far.
The home side has made a mixed start to their campaign in the Belarus top-flight so far. They kicked off their Premier League campaign by suffering a 1-0 home defeat against Torpedo Zhodino but then recorded a 2-0 win at Gorodeya in the gameweek two.
In truth, the start of the new campaign has been similar to how Shakhtyor finished the last season. A low-scoring trend has also continued for the home side from the previous campaign too, as their last four league games have now all produced under 2.5 goals.
The defeat against Torpedo on the opening day was a big surprise, as the loss ended a 12-match unbeaten home run for Shakhtyor in the top-flight. They had also claimed an impressive ten wins in their undefeated home run. The gameweek defeat was also only the second time in 21 home games in the league that Shakhtyor had failed to score.
The home side has been a bogey team for the visitors, Neman Grodno have won just one of the last 11 meetings between the two teams in all competitions.
Just like the home side, Neman Grodno have won one and lost of one of their league games in 2020. The visitors kicked their campaign off with a 1-0 defeat at Isloch before recording a 2-0 home win against Vitebsk last time out.
Another similarity to the home side is that the team from Grodno also finished last season in an inconsistent manner. The visitors have won just two of their last six matches in the Premier League.
Their recent matches in the Belarus Premier League have been low-scoring, tight affairs. In fact, 13 of their last 15 league games have produced under 2.5 goals.
The opening weekend defeat at Isloch was certainly no surprise, as Neman Grodno have been woeful travellers of late, having won just one of their last eight away matches, suffering six defeats in the process.
Their recent away games in the Belarus top-flight have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven matches. The fact that the visitors have failed to score in six of those eight recent away games has made a big contribution to the low-scoring games.
As we know both teams have made mixed starts to their campaigns in the Premier League. However, we are backing the home win, as Shakhtyor are generally strong on home soil, while visitors have been woeful on their travels dating back to last season.
The other bet we are recommending is the under 2.5 goals scored, as both teams have been involved in several low-scoring encounters also stretching back to last season.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 2/5 and/or 7/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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