BATE determined to show their power and make it three in a row.
BATE Borisov vs. Torpedo Zhodino
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 01:00 PM EDT
Belarus is one of the few countries in the world still playing soccer amid the coronavirus pandemic. The fans and many players are worried and anxious about catching the disease, but nothing can stop the Belarus Federation to be the last man standing in Europe.
Without a doubt, BATE is the most important club in Belarus. The European soccer fans are familiar with them because they have a decent experience in the European competitions, Champions League and Europa League. They have been a dominant force in their domestic league for more than a decade but unfortunately for them and their fans, last season they’ve been dethroned after a 13-year spell as champions, losing their crown to Dynamo Brest.
They kicked off this season with 2 consecutive defeats in the league and 3 defeats in 4 games across all competitions, with their coach Kiryl Alsheuski being already under real pressure.
They finally bounced back with two consecutive wins 1-0 against Rukh Brest and 3-0 FC Minsk and they are determined to make it 3 league wins in a row this weekend when they will host Torpedo Zhodino. Their midfielder Stanislav Drahun is the man with the goal and the player to watch after finding the back of the net in his previous 2 domestic league matches.
BATE and Belarus’ top striker Anton Saroka looked in good form in the last weekend contributing on the scoreboard in the 3-0 win against FC Minsk and he will be eager to find the back of the net against Zhodino on Saturday and help his club add 3 more points to their season tally.
The visitors and current Premier League leaders are the surprise package of the season. They are sitting 1st in the standings with 9 points earned in games. Last weekend, they bounced back from losing to lowly Dinamo Minsk by beating former leaders Energetik-BGU and ending their 3-match winning run. We’ve seen at least 3 goals but also both teams scoring in 9 of their previous 10 head-to-heads with BATE winning 6 and losing just 1 time in the process.
Despite sitting 1st in the standings, Torpedo Zhodino are not great on the road winning just 1 time in their last 6 away games.
BATE are in search of consistency and their last 2 league matches are giving them hope. They are by far the better side and the more experienced side. On top of that, they are playing on their turf and it’s very difficult for them to lose here. They’ve lost just 1 time in their previous 20 competitive home games beating teams like Rosenborg (Champions League playoffs) or FC Astana (Europa League). We expect a home win, but we also expect at least 2 goals in the match.
Soccer Pick: BATE Borisov to win and over 1.5 goals in the match at -125 (1.8)
- Vitebsk vs. Brest: Brest to win and under 4.5 goals at -118 (1.85)
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