This weekend in the Belarusian Premier League, our attention turns to Saturday’s clash between 8th place Slavia Mozyr and 2nd place Torpedo BelAZ Zhodino. The visiting side sit just 2 points off the top spot, however in this topsy-turvy league the stats don’t exactly show a big girth in quality between the 2 teams. Both teams come into this fixture having returned to winning ways last week, with both sides picking up their 3 points on the road. We’ll take a closer look at this fixture to provide you with our best betting tips.
Having passed almost an entire calendar month without recording a win, Slavia Mozyr returned to snatched a win last weekend, coming from behind to beat FK Vitebsk 3-2 away from home. The win took them to 8th place in the table with 10 points, behind 7th place Dinamo Brest only on goal difference. Being on home ground doesn’t seem to suit Slavia, as they’ve only recorded one victory in front of their own supporters this season. Ukranian forward Maksym Slyusar bagged Slavia’s equaliser and winner last week, so could now have a boost in confidence that may see him gain some form.
After recording 2 goalless draws on the bounce, Torpedo returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion last weekend, with a 5-2 away victory against FC Minsk. Torpedo putting 5 past their hosts in the capital last weekend was perhaps one of the biggest surprises in what has already been an unpredictable season in Belarusia. Prior to last week’s game, Torpedo had only scored 4 in 6 games. Their 2nd position has largely been cemented thanks to their well organised back line. Having only netted once previously, back in the 2nd game of the season, Valeri Gorbachik grabbed an impressive first half hat trick last weekend.
If you look at the recent history of this fixture, it very much belongs to the visiting side, as Torpedo are unbeaten in their last 7 against Slavia and have won all of their last 5 visits to the Yunost Stadium. The past meetings between these 2 sides suggest that we’re unlikely to see a repeat of the goal fests that they were involved in last week in their respective fixtures. Dating back to August 2015 there hasn’t been more than 3 goals in games between the 2 teams. With odds of 8/13 with 888 Sport, betting on less than 2.5 goals to be scored is definitely a good shout.
While we expect the scoring to be low, we do also expect both sides to score. Both sides’ centre forwards will be looking to continue their momentum, propelled by their impressive goal hauls last week. Maksym Slyusar bagged a brace in Slavias 3-2 away win over FK Vitebsk, while Torpedo’s Valeri Gorbachik scored a first half hat trick against FC Minsk, quadrupling his goal tally for the season in a 30 minute period. Despite their shakey form, goal scoring hasn’t been too much of a problem for the home side, as they’ve netted 10 times in 7 games, 1 more than the visitors, who scored more goals last week than they had in the first 6 games of the season. With this in mind, we expect Slavia to score, but can’t see Torpedo’s organised backline letting more than one past their veteran goalie Valdimir Bushma, who has kept 2 clean sheets in his last 4.
Yuri Puntus’ Torpedo squad will be keeping a close eye on Friday’s game between FK Slusk vs. FC Energetik-BGU. If the league leaders drop points against their visitors, victory for Torpedo on Saturday would see them go top of the league. This extra motivation, twinned with the fact they’ve traditionally had their own way in this fixture, should see the visitors come out on top, however it will most likely be an edgy hard fought affair.
Based on everything we’ve mentioned above, we’re going for an away win with both teams to score courtesy of Bet365, who are offering generous odds of 11/2. While both teams were involved in high scoring games last week, we don’t expect either side to give us a repeat of this. Slavia’s season has been defined by draws and losses, but they have scored in almost every game they’ve played thus far. That’s why we expect them to slip one past Torpedo’ straight defence, but believe that the visitors will come out on top to continue their fine form in this fixture.