Neman Grodno welcomes Belshina Bobruisk on Friday to get this week of Belarusian Premier League action underway. Belarus has developed into the epicentre of sports in March and April. The government in Belarus has been hesitant to shut the country down despite the coronavirus continuing to circulate.
That is not going to change if the president, Alexander Lukeashenko, has anything to say about it. His philosophy is that vodka and saunas will cure the coronavirus. Both are in abundance in Belarus, so if the president’s crazy theory is correct, then they have nothing to worry about. With football fans desperate for something to watch, Belarus has become the No. 1 option for them.
Belarus was able to wrap up their hockey league as well. They got through the finals, and while there’s still a ways to go for the football schedule, there’s optimism that a champion will be awarded in the Belarusian Premier League as well. It’s hard to think otherwise given the comments by their president.
There would likely have to be a huge breakout in Belarus for them to change their tune. Not all citizens are on board with attending matches, so this isn’t a countrywide attitude. Players have to be feeling a bit nervous. I’m sure they’re not going to say it out loud to management, but it has to be in the back of their minds.
The doors are open to the public, but empty seats are the majority at stadiums. Dynamo Brest has gotten creative and are charging fans to put their face on a mannequin in the seats. Money is scheduled to go towards efforts to fight COVID-19. The most bold move by a sports league to deal with the loss of fans has to be in Taiwan.
The professional baseball league there is set to open soon, and they will have robot mannequins in the seats. That should be interesting, and probably going to be interesting when a robot gets nailed with a foul ball. It’s better than a person getting drilled in the head, so I suppose that’s one way to look at it. Head below for our free Neman Grodno vs. Belshina Bobruisk pick in the Belarusian Premier League for April 10, 2020.
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Neman Grodno is coming off what I would regard as an impressive performance against Shakhtyor last week. They were unable to get the win, but were strong enough to grab a 0-0 draw on the road. Shakhtyor are one of the better clubs in the Belarusian Premier League. It was also a road start for Neman Grodno.
I’d chalk that up as a solid draw for Neman Grodno against a better club. It was clear that they realized their best chance of getting a point out of their trip on the road was to play tight defence and not get caught pressing too much. It’s unlikely they would have gotten out of there with a point otherwise.
They might be able to open things up a bit more against Belshina, but will likely stick to their strength and rely on their stingy defence. Neman Grodno have one of the top defences in the Belarusian Premier League this season, with only 0.33 goals conceded per contest. That’s an awfully impressive defensive effort by Neman Grodon. There isn’t another team in the country who can pressure with that kind of defence. However, there is a downside to all of that defence, though. They’re a boring team to watch and don’t take any risks at all.
Neman Grodno has managed to score only 0.67 goals per match in 2020. They have gotten the draw against Shakhtyor, but that’s not nearly good enough to get past them or any of the top clubs in Belarus. It’s early in the season, though we’ve seen the same out of them in the past. Their lack of scoring likely isn’t going to mean anything against Belshina, though.
This is an outfit that hasn’t scored a goal in two matches. Their most recent goal was on March 20 against Minsk. They were blanked against Gorodeya and Torpedo BelAz since then. Gorodeya is not a good club, so that was not a good look for Belshina. Neman Grodno has scored just 0.33 goals per match on the season. We could see just 1 goal in this match or none possibly. That suggests the UNDER could be worth a look on Friday.