FK Gorodeya and Shakhtyor Soligorsk are scheduled to square off on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST at Gorodeya Stadium. This is more of a normal time for people in North America who want to watch a match. Many of these international events don’t have start times that are too friendly for people in North America, but the Belarusian Premier League has some reasonable match times.
Yesterday morning we were able to watch Torpedo and Energetyk win their matches 1-0 and give us a couple of winners. Hopefully we can find two more winning selections to make it a Belarusian football sweep going into Sunday. Following Sunday’s matches, the action will return in Belarus next weekend.
There are still no indications that the country is going to put a halt to sporting events. You are almost waiting for other leagues to close up, as it’s only a matter of time in some areas. However, Belarus has been reluctant to stop playing, including their hockey finals and the beginning of football. The Belarusian President is on board with the decision and has encouraged the leagues to keep moving forward.
The most surprising aspect of the whole thing is that the grandstands are packed with football fans supporting their team. Belarus is the only country you can find that is happening. Nicaragua still has fans watching, but their league is not on the same level as Belarus and they don’t get nearly the same attendance. Social distancing can be done at Nicaraguan football matches, though they don’t seem concerned about the coronavirus, either.
On the pitch Saturday, Shakhtyor Soligorsk will be looking for a bounce-back spot following a 1-0 loss against Torpedo BelAz. Leading up to that match, Shakhtyor beat Torpedo in two straight matches in Cup series meetings on March 14 and March 9 by scores of 2-0 and 1-0. They lost their focus against them in the Premier League opener, though. On the other side, Gorodeya were topped by a score of 1-0 against Vitebsk in their first match of the new season. Head below for our free FK Gorodeya vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk pick for March 28, 2020.
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Shakhtyor Soligorsk was one the top contenders in the Belarusian Premier League a season ago. It was Dinamo Brest, BATE, and Shakhtyor, then the rest of the league were not in contention with the top-3. Soligorsk posted a record of 20-5-5 and 65 points to finish behind BATE by 5 points in the season table.
It was a good season for them even though they couldn’t finish with a league title. It was a slight improvement from the previous season in 2018, where Shakhtyor finished with a mark of 19-7-4 and 64 points. That was good for 2nd in the league behind BATE. Dinamo Brest really came out of nowhere to join Shakhtyor and BATE as heavyweights in Belarus.
Shakhtyor did a lot of things right in 2019, and they were continuing to play well in their club friendlies leading up to the start of the Premier League season. They were incredibly impressive with 2.2 goals scored per match as opposed to just 0.78 goals conceded per match. That follows with the production that they were able to obtain in 2019. Note that Shakhtyor had an impressive +38 goal differential last season. There were only three clubs in the league that had a goal differential above +6 in 2019, so the league was incredibly lopsided.
With regard to Gorodeya, they were an average outfit that went 12-8-10, with a goal differential of +2. They finished just outside of the top-6, where Gorodeya was a point behind Torpedo BelAz. Much like BATE, Shakhtyor was asleep at the wheel in their first match of Premier League play in 2020. I think that changes for both clubs in their second outings, and Shakhtyor responds with a nice performance on Saturday. Expect Shakhtyor to get the win here.