Prediction and odds for the game: Minsk (17/10) v Slutsk (29/20)
We are backing the away win
When: Monday, 1st June 2020, Kick-off 16:00
Where: The Stadion FK Minsk
On Monday afternoon, Minsk host Slutsk at the Stadion FK Minsk, in what is a big game at both ends of the Belarus Premier League table.
The home team have made a poor start to the new league campaign. They are currently 14th place in the table, although they are six points clear of the relegation zone and have two games in hand on 15th place Smolevichi.
Minsk may not be in any imminent danger of dropping into the drop zone, but they need to start picking up results to avoid being sucked into the fight for survival in the Premier League.
A 1-1 draw at Gorodeya last time out means that Minsk have won just one of their last six league matches. They have also lost four of the games in the six-game poor run of form. The fact that Minsk have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their league games this season has not helped their chances of picking up positive results.
Minsk’s recent home record in the Belarus top-flight has been wildly inconsistent of late, as they have won four and lost three of their previous seven league games on home soil. They head into this clash on the back two straight home defeats in the league.
The visitors made a decent start to the campaign and currently sit fifth-place in the table. However, their form has dipped in recently, as they have failed to win in their last three league games, including last time out when they drew 1-1 at home against Ruh Brest. The draw leaves the visitors four points adrift of the European qualification spots.
Slutsk’s recent league outings have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six outings. Both teams have also scored in seven of their last eight matches in the Premier League.
The visitors have a good recent away record, winning four of their last five matches away from home in the Belarus top-flight. A 3-0 defeat at BATE Borisov last time out ended a four-game winning run in the Premier League on the road for Slutsk. Their recent away matches in the league have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven outings, including their last five matches on their travels.
Minsk are struggling for any sort of form, while Slutsk have also hit a rough patch. However, we are backing the visitors to record a victory, mainly due to their strong recent away record. This should be a high-scoring contest too, so we are backing over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 29/20 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds 19/20. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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