- It’s Matchday 27 in the Belarus Premier League with games starting on Friday
- Leaders BATE and second-placed Neman Grodno are now separated by three points with four games remaining
- We list the odds for all eight games and preview three, offering our best picks below
The Belarus Premier League is nearing crunch time, with BATE now three points ahead of Neman Grodno with four games left after the top three all failed to win at the weekend. With a full program taking place this weekend, one that’s pivotal, the stakes have never been higher.
We’ll list all eight games, show the odds, preview three, and offer a pick for each.
Belarus Premier League Matchday 27 Odds
|Gorodeya vs Smolevichi||-315||+375||+575|
|BATE Borisov vs Vitebsk||-286||+330||+600|
|Dinamo Minsk vs Belshina Bobruisk||-420||+420||+800|
|Neman Grodno vs Slavia Mozyr||-250||+275||+650|
|Energetik BGU vs Shakhter Soligorsk||+460||+280||-200|
|Ruh Brest vs Isloch||+125||+270||+160|
|FC Minsk vs Dinamo Brest||+295||+205||-112|
|Torpedo BelAZ vs FC Slutsk||-385||+420||+700|
All odds taken Oct 22 at DraftKings
Pick 1: Ruh Brest vs Isloch
Ruh’s season promised much but has fizzled out to the point where they are safe in mid-table but have no chance of getting in the shake-up for European places. Only a perfect run-in would give them an outside chance of a top-three finish and their 5-2 defeat at the weekend by Dinamo Brest suggests they’re incapable of finding that type of consistency right now.
Ruh have, however, found goals relatively easy to come by throughout the campaign and, along with Dinamo Brest, they are the joint second-highest scorers in the league, behind only BATE, on 48 goals from their 26 games – an impressive ratio.
Isloch are four points better off the Ruh and so rightly see themselves in with a chance of being part of the scrap for European places. With four to play they are just four points behind second-placed Neman, so a win here in Brest would set them up perfectly for a grand finale to their season. While they have scored fewer goals than Ruh and have conceded more, they have developed a knack of getting results when they most need them, so, after two consecutive draws, I can see them profiting here from Ruh’s low confidence.
Pick: Isloch to win (+160)
Pick 2: FC Minsk vs Dinamo Brest
Dinamo, like both of the teams in Pick 1, have enough points on the board for their season still to be alive. They currently have 41 points – nine behind leaders BATE – but crucially have two games in hand on the top two, and if they could win them both this could get very interesting indeed. While a trip to FC Minsk looks tricky, for Dinamo it really is a must-win if they are to keep their chances alive.
As mentioned above, they are the league’s joint second-highest scorers and conveniently come into this game off the back of four straight wins, so will be bursting full of confidence.
Minsk’s season is all but over – they too have enough points to be safe from relegation but no chance of making the top four – but will be looking to end the season on a high and with some momentum to carry into 2021. They have won 10 of their 26 games but have conceded 46 goals – the second-worst record in the league behind only bottom-placed Smolevichi – and have only really succeeded in beating teams in the bottom half of the table. The win here is Dinamo’s for the taking and even -112 offers some value.
Pick: Dinamo Brest to win (-112)
Pick 3: Neman Grodno vs Slavia Mozyr
Neman’s shock home defeat by Gorodeya at the weekend was a huge blow to their chances of winning their first-ever Belarus Premier League, especially with BATE dropping points the same day. A win for Neman would have taken them level with BATE. Three consecutive wins prior to the Gorodeya defeat had put them in a great position but they now have a three-point gap to close in the space of four games.
Slavia are only four points clear of 14th place, which brings with it a relegation play-off, and so are in no position to freewheel to the end of the season. Every point counts at this stage and if they could squeeze a draw out of this trip to Grodno, it would give their chances of survival a huge boost.
The win for Slavia looks a very big ask – and is +650 for a reason – but with Neman wobbling under the pressure, the draw at +275 looks a possibility.
Pick: Neman and Slavia to draw (+275)
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