Competition: Belarusian Premier League
Market: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 8/11 @ Bet 365
In a real matchup between two sides in the midst of a stunning run of form since opening June, Europa League contenders Shakhtyor and Energetyk-BGU will face off on Sunday evening.
Starting with the hosts, picking up a deserved 1-0 win against Dinamo Minsk on the road last week, the mood in Shakhtyor’s camp only continues to soar. Within touching distance of breaking into the top-three, the Yellows are unbeaten since the middle of April and have now won six of their last seven appearances. Along with continuing to shine in the final third, a run highlighted by a 4-0 romp against a struggling Belshina in their last matchup on home soil, Yuriy Vernydub’s men have also gained a stellar reputation across the Premier League for their recent displays at the back. Winning each of their previous four outings at the Stadyen Budaŭnik and scoring an eye-catching 14 goals on their recent purple patch, Shakhtyor have shipped just a trio of top-flight goals since opening the new campaign and comfortably hold the best defensive tally since opening June.
As for the visitors, while Energetyk-BGU might have been hugely disappointed to have seen Vitebsk snatch a dramatic extra-time equalizer in what was a 3-3 thriller, the mood in their camp should also be at continued high. Knowing that three points this weekend could potentially see them sneak to the top of the table, the Whites have collected 10 points out of a possible 12 over the past month and have continued to gain a reputation for their stellar performances in front of goal. Including back-to-back 2-1 victories on the road against Isloch and another European chaser in Slutsk, the Students have bagged at least a pair of goals in their last five Premier League matches on the spin. With each of the last four meetings between the two sides seeing over 2.5 goals, including a seven-goal thriller the last time they met at the Stadyen Budaŭnik, we’re backing a similar outcome this weekend.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals at Shakhtyor vs Energetyk-BGU 8/11 for Sunday’s Belarusian Premier League matchup @ Bet 365
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