Slavia Mozyr will be hoping that it can recreate the form of the last few minutes of its most recent game against Vitebsk and pick up some more valuable points on Saturday.
But Torpedo is one of the real form sides this year in Belarus and has surprised a number of other teams on its way to its current second-place spot. A victory here would keep the pressure on league leaders Slutsk, at the very least.
Slavia Mozyr vs. Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino Odds
Slavia Mozyr to Win+180
Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino to Win+159
Sportsbook BetOnline has this one remarkably close considering Torpedo has only lost one game all season and is currently only two points off the top of the league. Slavia may have won last weekend, but it has been far too inconsistent to maintain a challenge on the upper reaches. The visitors are favorites to win here, but the odds are still pretty good.
With only three or four minutes left on the clock last weekend, Slavia was 2-1 down to Vitebsk, away from home, after taking the lead in the first half. But then Maksym Sliusar popped up to bag two late, late goals to take some much-needed points back to Mozyr.
After some disappointing results, that win lifted Slavia up into seventh, but it is looking a way off the top sides and will find it difficult to deal with Torpedo on Saturday. A very leaky defense doesn’t help matters, so it would seem unlikely that the home side will be the happier team at the end of 90 minutes.
Torpedo has been quieter at both ends of the pitch up until now but has still managed just one defeat this season — at the hands of Dinamo Minsk — and came away from the game against a resurgent BATE with a point. Even though it is hard to know which Slavia side will turn up at the weekend, Torpedo is the worthy favorite here.
The game against FC Minsk last weekend was not typical of Torpedo’s cautious approach so far, as the Zhodino side was 4-1 up by half time and completely dominated the game from start to finish. Even without the same glut of goals this weekend, the away team should end up victorious.
Slavia Mozyr vs. Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino Pick
Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino to Win
Torpedo has looked by far the better team of these two in the first few months of the season and should be able to pick up another three points here as well. Depending on how Slutsk gets on against Energetik-BGU on Friday, a win against Slavia could even put Torpedo back on top of the league.
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