Dinamo Brest will welcome Isloch Minsk for a meeting on Sunday night in Belarus. This match will begin around 12:00 p.m. EST. Dinamo Brest was the most dominant team in the Belarusian Premier League in 2019, as they sported a record of 23-6-1 and 75 points. They are responsible for ending a 13-year reign of terror by BATE Borisov in the Premier League.
BATE were right there, but it wasn’t enough as they finished with a mark of 22-4-4 and 70 points. This season lookas as wide open as ever, especially with the coronavirus potentially throwing clubs out of focus. Yes, they’re operating like nothing is happening, but it’s without a doubt in the back of their minds.
That can lead to some herky jerky play on the field. If players aren’t going all out, notably on the good teams, it’s going to allow some of the less talented clubs to have a better chance. No one is denying that this isn’t an unusual season. Well, maybe president Alexander Lukashenko seems everything is perfectly fine and normal.
But for fans, and more importantly the players, this is not normal. It might be the new normal for this season, but it’s definitely not what they’re used to. While there were three clubs that were shoulders above the rest in 2019, expect to see more parity. Picking winners might be a case of which team wants to play more than the other. With that in mind, treat the Belarusian Premier League as fun recreational plays.
Dinamo Brest enters Sunday with a record of 1-1-1. They opened the season with a draw and win, though were losers against Slavia in their most recent Premier League competition. Note, though, that Dinamo Brest dispatched a good Shakhtyor club, 2-0, in Cup competition on Wednesday.
That was their best effort in recent matches and might be a launching pad for Sunday. Isloch is a formidable test, so we’ll get a good idea in this one. They’re 2-0-1 on the season, with wins over Smolevichy and Neman Grodno and a loss against Slutsk last week. It should be a competitive battle on Sunday. Head below for our free Dinamo Brest vs. Isloch pick for April 12, 2020 in the Belarusian Premier League.
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Dinamo Brest had enough of BATE last season and it translated to great results on the field. Along with their stellar record of 22-6-1 and 75 points, Dinamo Brest finished with a goal differential of +48. BATE and Dinamo Brest were the only clubs in the Belarusian Premier League to finish with a goal differential of +40, with Dinamo Brest ahead of BATE by +8. That’s incredible results, and I think we saw a glimmer of the Dinamo Brest from last season in that match.
Will it carry over into Sunday? We’re going to find out soon. They’ve averaged a goal and conceded a goal per match in Premier League play in 2020. In five matches of Cup play, the results have been a lot different, though. Dinamo Brest has scored 1.2 goals per match in 2019-20, while conceding only 0.2 goals per match.
That’s about as good of defence as you can play. At home they’ve been even sharper, with 1.67 goals scored a game and 0.33 conceded per match. I think they’re better than we’ve seen out of them during their 2020 Premier League schedule thus far. It’s likely we see them get hot at some point this season. Isloch are known for their hard nosed defence, but that was nowhere to be found against Slutsk.
Slutsk thoroughly controlled their defence, as they netted 3 goals for the 3-2 win. It was the first goal that Isloch allowed this season, and they conceded 3 in less than 90 seconds. Only two goals were scored in total in their previous four outings leading up to that match, which included a 0-0 draw against Dinamo Brest.
Isloch has allowed just 0.86 goals per match in seven club friendlies in 2020, though they scored only 0.71 goals per match. In four Cup matches, they gave up 0.75 goals per match, so I’d say the 3 goals they allowed is an outlier. I think they get back to basics on Sunday. This looks like a 1-1 or 1-0 final score between Dinamo Brest and Isloch.