Dynamo Brest vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Betting Preview – Belarusian Premier League, April 25
This has not been the start of the season that either side had expected. These two won the league and cup between them last year but have both struggled in the opening weeks of the season.
Dynamo Brest did so well to wrestle the title from BATE in 2019 but has won just once so far in 2020, while Shakhtyor Soligorsk is just three points off the bottom of the table.
I detail how I see this match playing out in this Dynamo Brest vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk betting preview.
Dynamo Brest vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Odds
BetOnline has priced this one fairly evenly, so it is really a question of which underperforming side will shake off the early-season cobwebs and get its campaign going on Saturday. It is hard to say, but Dynamo has been the slightly better team so far and has been a force at home. It could be close, but a Brest win seems more likely.
Dynamo Brest vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Preview
Dynamo Brest lost just one game last season on its way to a first-ever league title. But there has been no repeat of that kind of dominance this year, as the champions have already suffered two losses in the first month of play.
The opening day draw with newly promoted Smolevichi was a clue to how poorly Dynamo might perform this season, but that result is at least part of an unbeaten home record in 2020. It could be that kind of positive that head coach Sergey Kovalchuk relies on during this campaign.
Another plus point for the hosts is that Shakhtyor is enduring an even more miserable opening few weeks. After the cup triumph and third-place finish of last year, there was a lot of confidence going into the new season. But just one win in five league games tells its own story.
The 2-0 defeat to Dynamo Brest in their semifinal first-leg tie just three weeks ago is probably an even bigger clue to how this game might go. Shakhtyor’s failure to score has been a fixture of its season so far, and an away game in Brest would not seem to be the time for that to change.
Dynamo Brest to Win+116
To get any price that isn’t odds on for a home Dynamo Brest win is incredible considering the way the club stormed to the title last year. But 2020 has been very different for a lot of the bigger clubs, and I understand why BetOnline might give Soligorsk some chance here. That being said, the visitors are in an even worse way than Dynamo at the moment, so I’m going for a win for Brest.