Energetik-BGU vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk – Belarusian Premier League, October 25, 2020

| October 22, 2020 6:12 am PDT

This game could be a defining moment in the race for the title for Shakhtyor. The Soligorsk club is four points behind BATE at the top, with a game in hand. Nothing short of a win will do.

Energetik-BGU has fallen away in the last few months and now finds itself in a comfortable mid table spot. So the Students might not put up too much of a fight here.

Energetik-BGU vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Odds

Energetik-BGU to Win +448
The Draw +285
Shakhtyor Soligorsk to Win -192

Energetik-BGU may not have too much to play for now but these odds from MyBookie look a little one-sided to me. I agree that Shakhtyor should be classed as the favorite to take all three points but I’m not sure that the gap between the two sides is as big as these prices suggest.

Energetik-BGU vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Match Preview

In the end, 2020 has been a comfortable year for Energetik-BGU as far as its league placing goes. There was a time earlier in the season when it looked like it might be able to challenge for one of the top three spots. But financial constraints have pulled the club back to a more predictable position now.

Another reason for the downturn in results was losing top goal scorer Jasurbek Yakhshiboev to this weekend’s opponents halfway through the season. The fact that the Uzbek attacker has not featured prominently for Shakhtyor since the move will only make matters worse for the Students.

Yakhshiboev did score in the 5-0 win over Vitebsk in September, but he has hardly added to his goal tally since the move, even when Shakhtyor was playing well a few months ago. Roman Hryhorchuk’s side will need to up its game now with just five fixtures remaining if it wants to challenge BATE for the title.

The big game will be between Shakhtyor and BATE in a few week’s time but that should not mean that the players take their eyes off the ball now. Energetik-BGU is able to give anyone in the league a good run for their money if it is up for the fight – and Shakhtyor needs to watch out that it doesn’t lose concentration like Neman did last weekend against Gorodeya.

Energetik-BGU vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk Betting Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    +285

Even though Shakhtyor has that possibly crucial game in hand, I think that it may have missed its chance to win the league this season when it dropped points in June. Its defensive record is still very good, but it had a chance to build an imposing lead at the top and it threw it away. The game against BATE will be huge, but a draw here could make it even more important for Shakhtyor.

Dan Roberts
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