The Belarusian Premier League continues this weekend with no changes to their operations. The league continues to run with no new protocols implicated, including barring fans from attending games. There aren’t many football leagues in the world still playing, and even fewer are allowing fans to watch games in-person. Belarus says that everything is fine, and fans can continue to go through the gates.
Despite playing in the shadows of its bigger brothers in the UEFA, Belarus is in the limelight of the football world because of the Belarusian Premier League. They’re not the only league running games, but since the Australia A-League closed, the Belarusian Premier League is the most notable of the leagues still running.
Also still playing, and with odds available at sportsbooks, is Nicaragua and Burundi in Africa. I can’t comment on the betting limits on games in Burundi, but they can’t be huge. Something tells me that the league could be ripe for corruption, especially right now with oddsmakers putting Burundi odds front and centre. Having said that, oddsmakers are pretty good at catching on to match fixing, and it’d be easier than ever for bookies to figure out what’s going on.
There aren’t a mountain of matches that they have to keep an eye on at this point. That will soon change as we reach the peak of the coronavirus crisis, and begin to see a decline in cases, but leagues in Burundi and Belarus will continue to get attention for at least the next two or three months. Late May or early June is probably a best-case scenario for the NBA and MLB to play games without fans in attendance.
I’ve profited off every league since the major sports shutdown across the world. Every league except the Belarusian Premier League. Table tennis, AFL, A-League, and Belarusian Extraliga hockey I’ve been in the green in all of them. The Belarusian Premier League is the one that hasn’t been so kind thus far.
That being said, it’s a small sample size and I haven’t made many plays. The season is still brand new in Belarus, so there will be plenty of time to get a feel. Torpedo BelAz, also known as Torpedo Zhodino, will host Belshina Bobruisk at Torpedo Stadium on Friday. Head below for our free Torpedo BelAz vs. Belshina Bobruisk pick on March 27, 2020.
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Everyone in the Belarusian Premier League has played one match each. Two teams enter this weekend with draws, while the rest of the league have a win or loss. The most surprising loss of the bunch has to be BATE, who is the national powerhouse in Belarus. They came out in their first match sleeping against Energetik and paid for it with a 3-1 loss. Last year was the first season that BATE Borisov did not win the league title since 2005! Crazy stuff. Were they a bit hungover in their first contest of 2020? It’s quite possible that they weren’t fully mentally prepared to play after finally losing a title in Belarus.
Torpedo got off to a quick start in their first match, as they topped FC Shakhtyor by a score of 1-0. They needed extra time to do it at the 90+1 mark, but were able to outlast Shakytor in a defensive battle. Torpedo were an average club last season, having finished the campaign with a record of 13-6-11. Belshina were not in the Belarusian Premier League a season ago.
They are one of two teams who were promoted to the top class of Belarusian football in the country. Belshina played in the Belarusian First League last season, which is the second best football league in Belarus. They found success or wouldn’t be playing against Torpedo on Friday.
However, Belshina didn’t get the start they were hoping against in their first fixture of the Premier League. They fell by a score of 3-1 versus Minsk, as they were outpaced in the second-half of the contest. Minsk scored at the 50’ mark and then poured it on with two more goals to get the 3-1 victory. Belshina scored 7 minutes into the match, but found no offence thereafter. They’re one of only two clubs to allow more than 2 goals in the first week of play.
Torpedo should benefit from playing at Torpedo Stadium in this one. In club friendlies in 2020, Torpedo scored 2.17 goals per match, while conceding 1.83 goals a match at home. They scored just 1.5 goals per match on the road. Belshina is likely going to continue to run into problems as they adjust to their new life in a more talented league in 2020. Expect Belshina to fall by a score of 2-1 against BelAz at Torpedo in Minsk on Friday.