Perhaps the most surprising thing in the sports world this season has been BATE Borisov, no, really. With pretty well every sports league in the world suspended, the Belarusian Premier League is the most notable still playing games. Despite the coronavirus, they are still playing matches in front of fans as well. The president even played hockey in front of a packed crowd last weekend.
Along with the Premier League, their top hockey league is playing their finals at the moment without any disruptions. President Alexander Lukashenko has indicated that visits to the sauna and drinking vodka can help beat the virus. In other words, don’t expect the Belarusian Premier League to stop playing soon.
Who knows what’s happening with the major leagues in North America in 2020, so it might be in your best interest to get to know Belarusian football. BATE Borisov has been the New England Patriots of the Premier League since the mid-2000’s. They won a whopping 13 straight championships in the Belarusian Premier League. And with that, has been the only team in the country to get respect across Europe as a potential threat.
However, BATE finished 2nd last season, and have already suffered two losses in two games. That’s unlike the national powerhouse that Belarus has become familiar with. There are fans in the country that have known nothing else but BATE dominating. Last season they were unable to win the finals, with Dinamo Brest snapping a crazy run in Belarus by BATE.
BATE were still a major contender and concluded the year with a healthy record of 22-4-4 and 70 points. After two losses in just two matches in 2020, BATE are only two more losses away from matching their loss total from 2019 and it’s only early April. A loss against Rukh Brest on Saturday will put them within a game of that mark. A winless start through three weeks would be unthinkable for BATE. We’ll see if Ruh Brest can pull it off on Saturday. Head below for our free BATE vs. Rukh Brest pick on April 4, 2020.
BATE Borisov vs. Rukh Brest Belarusian Premier League Betting Odds:
BATE Borisov vs. Rukh Brest Prediction:
There might be a changing of the tide in Belarus, or it might just be a blip on the map for BATE. If they’re firing on all cylinders after this porous start, then all will be forgiven and it may have been a bad mental approach by BATE in Matchday 1 and 2. Those losses were against Slavia-Mozyr and Energetyk-BGU.
Energetyk have looked really good this season, though there are no excuses for a 2-1 loss against Slavia-Mozyr. In any event, BATE are a team that has the talent to beat any team in the Belarusian Premier League. We just didn’t see it given their lack of effort in Matchday 1 and 2.
BATE was looking better leading up to the start of the Premier League schedule. They had two wins over Dinamo Minsk, 3-2 and 2-1, in Cup play in the quarterfinal. The offence is likely going to come around for BATE, but even before Premier League play started, they didn’t look sharp defensively.
Overall, in their previous three matches, BATE has allowed an average of 2.3 goals with at least 2 netted in each contest. Thus far, BATE has conceded 2.5 goals per match in the Premier League. In Cup play, the offense was dismantling the competition, though, for 4.5 goals scored a match. Still, the defence was probably a bit too weak, with 1.5 goals given up, but if the offense can get hot like that they’ll be fine.
At home the offence was even hotter, with 5.5 goals scored a match. They should be able to open up the offence against Rukh Brest at home. In 10 club friendlies, Rukh Brest were an average outfit with 1.7 goals scored and 1.7 goals conceded per match. On the road, they scored 1.8 goals per match while conceding 1.4. I think they’re in for a BATE club that is going to be on the attack often in this one. The moneyline is way too high for me here, but with a total of 2.5, we should be able to get OVER. A 3-1 or 2-1 final score sounds about right.