This weekend, the Belarusian Premier League enters match day 7 in what has been an entertaining, if a only a little bit unpredictable, season thus far.
We’ve taken a look at the Dinamo Minsk vs FK Slutsk fixture, where the league leaders are looking to continue their fine early form in the country’s capital. With Dinamo Minsk not being too far off the pace themselves, this doesn’t look like an easy task.
Minsk win & over 2.5 goals
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We’ve analysed both sides’ form thus far, and taken a look at likely goal scorers as well, to provide you with the best possible betting tips for this match.
Dinamo Minsk appear to be getting back on track
Although Dinamo Minsk sit in an unflattering 6th place, they are only 4 points off the top and signs suggest they will begin to climb the table from here on. While they have lost 3 and won 3, all of their losses have only been by a single goal, and two of their wins were clean sheets. The only time they proved to be especially leaky at the back was in the Minsk Derby, which they lost 3-2. Dinamo have won their last 2 games, scoring 5 in the process, with striker Evgeni Shikavka netting 3 of them.
Slutsk’s bubble could be ready to burst
Despite a very impressive start, which has seen them win 4, draw 1 and lose 1, Slutsk look unlikely to keep up this pace for too long. Having finished 11th last season, Slutsk are relative minnows in the league and their place at the top has come as a surprise to many.
The nature of their wins has also been quite erratic, as they have edged all of their victories by a single goal, and had a man sent off in 2 of those 4 wins. They have also proven to be very leaky at the back, having conceded in every game of the season thus far.
While it is a tough one to call, a home win for Dinamo Minsk looks to be the most likely outcome here. While Slutsk have been impressive thus far and have shown a fighting spirit, they have also left themselves open at the back, where Dinamo have been slightly more stable.
Given the attacking prowess of both sides, goals are definitely to be expected at either end. Dinamo striker Evgeni Shikavka has found his form over the last 3 games, while Slustk’s Nigerian midfielder Umar Bala Mohammed has also netted 3 in his last 2 appearances.
Minsk win & over 2.5 goals
To find out more about the history between these teams, here’s a look at their most recent meetings and a few points of interest from the statisticians:
Dinamo Minsk vs. FK Slutsk
15 / 09 / 2019
Dinamo Stadium | Dinamo Minsk 2 vs FK Slutsk 1 | Belarusian Premier League
05 / 05 / 2019
City Stadium | FK Slutsk 2 vs Dinamo Minsk 1 | Belarusian Premier League
15 / 03 / 2019
City Stadium | FK Slutsk 1 vs Dinamo Minsk 0 | Belarusian Cup
10 / 03 / 2019
Dinamo Stadium | Dinamo Minsk 2 vs FK Slutsk 0 | Belarusian Cup
09 / 11 / 2018
Dinamo Stadium | Dinamo Minsk 2 vs FK Slutsk 0 | Belarusian Premier League
Slutsk have never won away against Dinamo Minsk
The two sides haven’t drawn since 2016
Dinamo have won 7 of their last 10 meetings against Slutsk
Our Betting Tip for Today
Given both team’s attacking prowess and leakiness at the back, we’re predicting goals in this game. We also expect Dinamo Minsk to edge it as Slutsk’s bubble could be ready to burst, and Dinamo’s passionate fan base should egg them onto victory at home.
For these reasons our betting tip for this one is Dinamo Minsk to win & over 2.5 goals to be scored with Bet365 offering odds of 1.7/1. While odds on Slutsk to win do appear generous at 4/1 given their recent form, we have to agree with the bookies and just can’t see Dinamo losing this one at home.
Both teams have seen late drama in games this season, so we expect Dinamo will have to wait to seal the victory. While Slutsk have done well so far this season, they are the elephant in the tree, and it seems likely that this weekend will see the first branch break to start their inevitable fall.