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.
— FC BATE Borisov (@FCBATE) March 28, 2020
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.
FT: 🔴FC MINSK 3:2 DINAMO MINSK🔵
It’s all over! FC Minsk scores 3 first half goals and even though Dinamo fought bravely in the 2nd half and scored 2 goals back (while being a man down), they couldn’t finish the job.
FC Minsk wins their first Minsk Derby in over 8 years! 🔈 pic.twitter.com/UsRSNyG0A6
— Belarusian Premier League (@BelarusianPL) March 28, 2020
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.
“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)
$4.20 FC Smolevichi-STI
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).
$2.40 Neman Grodno