Prediction and odds for the game: Dinamo Minsk (19/20) v Torpedo Zhodino (13/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 9/4
When: Friday 03rd March 2020, kick-off 5 PM
Where: The Stadyen Traktar
On Friday evening, Dinamo Minsk host Torpedo Minsk in gameweek three of the Belarus Premier League.
The home side certainly heads into this game with a point to prove after a terrible start to the new league campaign. The team from the capital have suffered two straight losses against Ruh Brest and last time out city rivals Minsk.
The poor form continued from last season, as Dinamo also suffered two straight at the end of the campaign. The less than impressive form has been largely down to some woeful defensive displays, as they have conceded at least three goals in three of their last four league outings spanning the last two seasons.
Even home advantage has done little to help Dinamo achieve results of late, as they have now won just once in their last five league matches on home soil, including losing three of their last four home matches. To make matters worse for then home side, they have won just two of their last seven meetings with the visitors in all competitions.
The visitors have made a bright start to the new league campaign in the Belarus Premier League, winning both of their matches so far this season, as they kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win at Shakhtyor before a 1-0 home win against Belshina in their last outing in the Belarus Premier League. They have certainly recovered well from a 3-0 aggregate defeat against Shakhtyor before the new league seasons beginning. The good start to the season has been enough to move the visitors up to fourth place in the table.
Torpedo needed to hit the ground running this season, as they had lost their last three games of last season, having recorded just one league victory in their last seven league outings.
The opening day win at Shakhtyor ended a four-game winless streak on their travels in the Belarus top-flight. A record of six defeats in their last ten away games in Belarus Premier League shows that Torpedo are not great travellers. Their away matches in the league tend to be high-scoring, as five of their previous seven matches on the road in the league have produced over 2.5 goals.
These two teams could not have made more contrasting starts to their campaigns in the Belarus Premier League. However, early seasons results do not tell the whole story. Minsk’s defeats have been by narrow margins, as have Torpedo’s wins so far this season. Minsk have been poor at home in their most recent games, while the visitors have been poor away. With that in mind, we are backing the draw.
We are also taking a punt on the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 7/5, as Minsk’s recent home games have been relatively high-scoring, as have Torpedo’s away matches.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 9/4 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 7/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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