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1. Multi Up In Flames

Not an ideal start. Our three-legged multi was dependent on wins for Dinamo Brest, Shakhtyor Soligorsk and BATE Borisov. They were all short-price favourites, and while Brest and Shakhtyor were victorious, BATE was stunned 2-1 by Slavia Mozyr. Back to the drawing board.

2. Minsk Is Navy & Red

Underdogs FC Minsk beat powerful rival Dinamo Minsk 3-2, their first win over Dinamo since 2012. FC Minsk is now top of the table alongside fellow Minsk club Energetik-BGU.

3. Bad BATE 

Sources in the Borisov media tell us there is big-time pressure on first year BATE manager Kirill Alshevsky after his team started the season with two consecutive losses. The 15-time champions are in desperate need of a win next week at home against Ruh Brest or things could get ugly.

Царо’s Arrow

“There are thousands of unemployed managers around the world who would love to be in charge of a 15-time champion team that regularly competes in the UEFA Champions League.”

“So to start the most highly-publicised and highly-watched Belarusian season ever with two straight losses is embarrassing and unacceptable.”

“Kirill Alshevsky, you need to get BATE Borisov back on track, or one of those other experienced managers – someone like Arsene Wenger or Mike Mulvey – will be jetting into Belarus to take your job.”

Monday Morning Matches

FC Smolevichi-STI v Isloch

Sunday, Midnight AEDT

FACTS: Smolevichi have drawn 7 of their last 12 matches against Isloch.

UPDATE: Isloch are now into $1.72 (from $1.83), while Smolevichi are out to $4.20 (from $3.75)

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$4.20 FC Smolevichi-STI
$3.25 Draw
$1.72 Isloch

Markets here.

 

Neman Grodno v Vitebsk

Monday, 2am AEDT

FACTS: Neman Grodno are unbeaten in seven of their last nine home matches. Vitebsk, who narrowly avoided relegation, scored only 24 goals in 30 matches last season.

UPDATE: Market has moved slightly, with Neman out to $2.40 (from $2.20) and Vitebsk into $2.80 (from $3.00).

WIN-DRAW-WIN
$2.40 Neman Grodno
$2.88 Draw
$2.80 Vitebsk

Markets here.

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