Belshina Bobruisk vs. FC Minsk Pick – Belarusian Premier League March 22, 2020

It really doesn’t matter what sport it is or the gravity of the game, bad beats are impossible to escape. You’ll have them whether it’s the NFL or Belarusian Premier League. That was the case on Saturday on our draw bet between Isloch and Neman Grodno. There was only around 2 minutes left until the 90:00 minute mark when Isloch scored to take a 1-0 lead. The game would end in a 1-0 win for Isloch and that +264 shot on the draw went up in flames.

Not as frustrating, but still frustrating, Sydney FC coughed up a late 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left to draw with Western Sydney. I’m being cautious with my plays in these leagues, especially the Belarusian Premier League, before we can get a feel for the new season in Belarus. The Australia A-League is well into their season, so there’s a good snapshot of the picture. However, we’re still dipping our toes into the 2020 Belarusian Premier League.

There are five teams who have gotten out to wins with 3 points awarded to the winners. Dinamo Brest and Smolevichy each earned a point as a result of a tie. There were a couple of surprises from the opening weekend in the Premier League. BATE, a national powerhouse who is the most followed club in Belarus, suffered a loss against Energetik by a score of 3-1. We’ll see if it’s just a matter of not being focused going into the opener or what. Maybe it’s the fact BATE doesn’t know how to respond after losing the finals a season ago.

BATE won the league title 13 straight times before losing last night. And you think that the New England Patriots had a dynasty since the 2000’s. We’ll see if the loss in their first match was nothing more than a blip and they respond against Slavia-Mozyr on Friday. It’s going to be a match to watch out for on the card next Friday. We will likely be covering that contest, so check back for more information on BATE vs. Slavia-Mozyr in the coming days.

Minsk and Belshina will be in action on Sunday morning at Stayden Alexander Prokopenko in Babruysk. Like most Belarusian stadiums, it’s a small facility fitted for a max capacity of 3,000 fans. Keep in mind that fans are still permitted to go to games. It seems that they’ll continue to play in front of fans as long as there isn’t a major outbreak in Belarus. With the increase in cases in Europe, it might be a matter of when and not if they’re going to play behind closed doors. Head below for our free Belshina Bobruisk vs. Minsk pick on March 22, 2020 in the Belarusian Premier League.

Belshina Bobruisk vs. FC Minsk Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Belshina +0.5 (-118)
  • Minsk -0.5 (-102)
Moneyline:

  • Belshina (-300)
  • Minsk (+235)
Total Points:

  • Over 2.5 (+105)
  • Under 2.5 (-125)

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Belshina Bobruisk vs. FC Minsk Prediction:

Minsk had a so-so season in 2019, but it was a major improvement over 2017. There was some progress being made in Minsk following a disastrous effort the previous season. FC Minsk finished 3-14-13, as they scored 19 goals to 39 conceded. A lot of draws and losses, but the wins were difficult for Minsk to locate. This was a season after Minsk went to the semi-finals, with a record of 15-8-7. Prior to going 3-14-13, Minsk above .500 in four straight seasons. They showed progress in 2018, as Minsk advanced to 7-9-14. Again, their goal differential was in the negative, but not as severe with a -9.

FC Minsk made more strides a season ago, as they finished with a serviceable record of 9-9-12. Yeah, it’s baby steps but if Minsk can manage to get beyond .500 this season, then what they’ve been implementing to repair the roster has been working. Their club friendlies in 2020 suggest that the offence must be better if Minsk is going to get to that mark, though.

They’ve struggled to score the ball in the past few years, as they’ve attempted to win by playing keep-away. It works against bad teams, but not the clubs that know how to exploit holes against a mediocre squad like Minsk. FC Minsk went 5-3-4 during their friendly schedule in 2020, as they netted 1.33 goals per game, while conceding 1.08 goals a match. On the road, they averaged 1 goal and allowed 1 goal.

Belshina Bobruisk joins Ruh Brest as a team that got promoted from the Belarusian First League. The top leagues in Belarus are the Belarus Second League, First League, and then the Premier League. Ruh Brest got the upset win over Dinamo Minsk the other day. Now we’ll see if another promoted club from the First League can dispatch a regular in the Belaruian Premier League.

Belshina torched the competition in the First League in 2019, having averaged 2.64 goals per match, while conceding just 0.79 a match. With the competition getting stronger in club friendlies in 2020, Belshina scored 1 goal per game, but the defence was still good as ever, with 0.73 goals conceded in 11 matches. They’re likely going to run into the same offensive problems against Minsk, who will gladly sit on the ball and look for an opening. They’re unlikely to be worried about the Belshina offence penetrating them at an effective rate on Sunday. If you’re looking for a bet in the Belarusian Premier League, I’d consider a play on the UNDER.

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Kyle E / Author

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