Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Things do not like getting any easier for lowly Belshina this weekend, as the Belarus Premier League’s bottom side travel to Minsk to face Isloch. The home side are currently in fifth place in the table, having endured some topsy-turvy form in the early part of the season. Here, we provide a preview of what should be an interesting game for you, giving you an idea of where you can find good value when it comes to betting on this Belarus Premier League match.
Vitaly Zhukovsky’s Isloch team have been in mixed form in their last few games. The Minsk outfit have won their last two home games, but have also suffered heavy defeats away from home soil. In their last game at the weekend they travelled away to Shakhtyor and were drubbed 4-0. That thrashing stands on contrast to their last performances at home, however.
In their last two home games Isloch have beaten Vitebsk 2-0 and Slavia 2-1, showing that they know how to win games on their own ground. A return to familiar surroundings this weekend will therefore probably come as something of a relief for Zhukovsky’s men.
Eduard Gradoboev’s Belshina team are rooted to the foot of the table and are in terrible form. Those are two things that do not bode well for the rest of the current campaign. Belshina’s record over the first seven games of the league season has been very poor indeed. They have taken just two points from 21, with those points coming from recenr back-to-back draws away at Neman Grodno and at home to Smolevichy-STI. They have a goal difference of -8, a sign that neither attack nor defence is finding any form right now.
These two sides do not have much of a history as things stand. Their meetings over the last few seasons have largely been confined to Cup ties. Their last clash came as long ago as July 2017 in the Cup, and it was Isloch who emerged as emphatic winners. They won the game, played at Belshina’s base in Bobruisk, 4-1.
The team’s prior meeting to that Cup tie came in the league in 2016. In the two league fixtures played that year, Belshina performed strongly. The game at Isloch ended in a 3-2 win for the away team in May of that year. The return fixture, played in September, ended in a 0-0 draw. In 2015, the teams met in a two-legged Cup tie. Belshina emerged as 4-1 aggregate winners in the tie. They won the first leg at home 3-0 before travelling to Minsk and holding Isloch to a 1-1 draw.
If you’re looking for a decent betting tip for this match then any kind of bet on the home team looks promising. Belshina have been in rubbish form this season, and do not have any kind of pedigree when it comes to previous meetings with the weekend’s opponents either. It is very hard to see anything other than an emphatic home win as the outcome of this match.
We suspect that Isloch will win the game by at least three clear goals, especially as they are pushing to climb even higher than their current fifth place in the table. As things stand, they are only a point behind BATE, who sit in third, and have the same number of points as Energetyk-BGU. They are only behind Energetyk on goal difference, so the more they can score against Belshina the better their chances of climbing the table.
We suggest backing Isloch to win 3-0, as there are some tempting odds on offer for that scoreline. Paddy Power is offering a price of 10.00 for the men from Minsk to triumph 3-0 and we think that looks like a promising wager.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from Betway. They are offering odds of 2.00 on Isloch scoring more than 1.5 goals in the match. That looks a good bet to us as Belshina have been leaking goals all season. Isloch suffered a heavy defeat in their last game, which was away, and will want to put things right in front of their own fans this weekend. Isloch have also scored two goals in both of their last two home games, and we think that they can repeat that feat on Sunday against a Belshina team that is struggling defensively this season.