If the average Joe knew anything at all about soccer in Belarus before the current climate, it was probably the name BATE Borisov. The 15-time champions are the only Belarusian team to to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and have a few big scalps under their belts.
But the 2020 season started miserably for BATE under new head coach Kyrill Alshevsky as they dropped their first two matches. Last week they squeaked past Ruh Brest 1-0, with a 7th minute goal from Stanislav Dragun holding up.
This week it’s a trip to the capital to face FC Minsk, who have won two of their first three and are very tough at their home ground.
FC Minsk v BATE Borisov
Sunday, 10pm AEST
FACTS: FC Minsk have won nine of their last 11 home games, including a 3-2 win over BATE Borisov last season. BATE are coming off their first win of the season, but have lost their last three away matches in all competitions and have lost two of their last three games away to FC Minsk.
$3.60 FC Minsk
$1.83 BATE Borisov (in from $2.00)
Smolevichi-STI v Shakhter Soligorsk
Sunday, midnight AEST
FACTS: Despite a slow start to the season (1W, 1D, 1L) Shakhter are unbeaten in nine of their last 11 away matches. They’ve also beaten Smolevichi all three times they’ve met, keeping a clean sheet each time. Smolevichi have scored just one goal in their first three matches and have yet to keep a clean sheet, allowing one goal in each of their matches.
$3.20 Draw (in from $3.50)
$1.57 Shakhter Soligorsk (out from $1.50)
Dinamo Brest v Isloch
Monday , 2am AEST
FACTS: Last week’s loss to Slavia Mozyr was Dinamo Brest’s first in their last 10 home games. Isloch has played its first three games at home and they have just four wins from their last 13 on the road. Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings between these two clubs.
$1.67 Dinamo Brest
$4.20 Isloch (in from $4.50)