The final match of the day on Saturday, which is scheduled to begin at noon EST, will feature a couple of disappointing clubs to start 2020. Dinamo Brest are the defending champions in the Belarusian Premier League after edging out BATE Borisov to win the title in 2019. They racked up a record of 23-6-1 and 75 points to end 13 years of terror in the Belarusian Premier League. It was an unlikely run to the top of the Premier League in Belarus, and a change from the usual for football in the country. However, Dinamo Brest has played a bit hungover of sorts thus far in 2020. It’s early but they’re already well off pace from 2019.
Dinamo Brest own a record of 2-1-2 five matches into the 2020 campaign. There isn’t much of a conclusion that can be made from that. With 30 matches scheduled, a lot can change between now to then. It’s looking highly unlikely that Dinamo Brest can equal their record of 23-6-1 from last season.
They’re cutting it tight already. However, the Belarusian Premier League appears to be a wide-open affair in 2020. Picking out a winner right now is going to be difficult and more of a crapshoot than anything. There are three clubs tied for the top spot on the ladder, with Slutsk, Vitebsk, and Torpedo BelAZ all with 10 points.
There are four squads tied at 9 points, so that makes seven that are within a point of one another. When we get closer to the mid-way point, we’ll likely have a better picture of how the league is going to unfold. If things are still tight and wide-open don’t expect to be surprised, though.
Dinamo Brest and BATE who were the best clubs in the league by far last season each have 7 points in a tie for 9th with two other teams. That said, there’s only 3 points of separation between them and the top spot on the ladder. It wouldn’t take much for Dinamo Brest to get hot and jump up a few spots.
They host a Shakhtyor Soligorsk club who were one of the top-3 teams in Belarus last season. Soligorsk is hanging out at the bottom of the ladder now, too. In five five matches, they’re a hair ahead of Smolevichy and Belshina in avoiding relegation territory. Soligorsk enters Saturday with a record of 1-2-2 and 5 points. Head below for our free Shakhtyor Soligorsk vs. Dinamo Brest pick for April 25, 2020.
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Dinamo Brest are dealing with depth issues early on this season. The injury to midfielder Elis Bakaj on April 4 was a blow, and now they’re going to be down centreback Yevgen Khacheridi because of a suspension. The 32-year-old is a critical loss to a Dinamo Brest squad that haven’t been playing in their top form in 2020. Following five matches in 2020, Dinamo Brest have registered 1.2 goals per and conceded 1 per match. They’ve been better at home, having scored 1.67 goals per match and 1.33 conceded. However, this certainly isn’t the same prolific team that we saw from last season.
The same could be said for Shakhtyor Soligorsk who can’t seem to get off the ground as well. Soligorsk haven’t won a game since March 20 over Slutsk. Since then they’ve lost a match against Slutsk and two draws versus Smolevichy and Neman Grodno, both of which resulted in final scores of 0-0. The offence has been problematic for Soligorsk in 2020.
They’ve scored just 1 goal in their last three Premier League matches. In total this season, Soligorsk has managed to find the back of the net an average of just 0.6 times per match. The defence has been able to hold their own to concede 0.6 goals per match, though something will have to give with the offence for wins to follow. Their best shot at winning here is grinding this contest to a halt and winning a 1-0 kind of game. They may find a rare goal on Saturday, but Dinamo Brest should be able to find a goal. There’s some decent value on the draw.