Vitebsk vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Betting Preview – Belarusian Premier League, May 10
Two clubs that are hovering just below the main players this season meet in Vitebsk this Sunday. Their recent form is poles apart, however, and it will be interesting to see who manages to continue their streak.
The home side only just escaped relegation last year, so this season might be seen as something of an achievement anyway, but another win after a quiet period would definitely be welcomed.
Let’s get on with my Vitebsk vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk prediction and betting pick, starting with a breakdown of the odds.
Latest Vitebsk vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Odds
Only one other team separates these two in the league table, but you would not know that from the way BetOnline has priced this fixture. Even with Vitebsk enjoying home advantage, it is regarded as a real outsider to win the game. Shakhtyor probably deserves its favorites billing, but I’m not sure I’m quite as confident that it can definitely win this one.
Vitebsk battled back well against Slavia Mozyr last weekend be 2-1 up with just minutes remaining and still ended up losing a second consecutive game. That was a blow as the club would have climbed the table into the European spots with the win but is now in with a bunch of other teams in mid-table.
There have been some good results this season, but recent games have highlighted defensive lapses that have seen more goals conceded. With this weekend’s opponent coming off a string of games in which it has found the net on a regular basis, that should be worrying for the home team.
Shakhtyor has actually scored ten goals in its last three games in all competitions — a staggering amount in Belarus — and will look at the leaky Vitebsk back line as an opportunity to boost its goals for tally once again. The 4-0 mauling of Isloch was unexpected but completely deserved, and confidence will be high ahead of this game.
This is a new-look Shakhtyor side, however, as the team had hardly scored any goals up until the end of April. If it can keep this kind of form up, it might be able to push for a top-three spot again. After the disappointment of the cup semi-final exit at the hands of Dynamo Brest, that would go down as an achievement in Soligorsk.
Vitebsk vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Pick
Vitebsk does not seem to be in the right vein of form to be able to take all three points from Shakhtyor this week, but BetOnline’s pricing of the game makes the draw bet an interesting prospect. It is not as though the home side has been soundly beaten in the last two weeks, so I think there is a distinct possibility that it could raise its game a little to take a share of the spoils here.