Competition: Belarusian Premier League
Market: Torpedo Zhodino win
Odds: 8/13 @ Bet 365
With the chance to briefly break into the top-two, Torpedo Zhodino will be glad to make a return to the Stadyen Tarpeda when they host relegation scrappers Smolevichi on Friday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, although what was a 3-1 defeat away at Neman Grodno last weekend my have dampened the mood in their camp, there is no doubt that Torpedo Zhodino should be relishing a trip back to the Stadyen Tarpeda on Friday. Knowing that victory this week would see them briefly climb back into the European spots, Yuri Puntus’ men have lost just a sole matchup since the start of April and have a growing reputation from their performances on home soil. Putting in a stunning display after putting three goals past Gorodeya a fortnight ago, Zhodino have collected 10 points out of a possible 12 since opening the new campaign and even more impressive for Friday’s hosts, the top-two contenders have picked the ball out of their own net just once in their opening four home contests.
As for the visitors, playing out what was a lackluster 0-0 stalemate against Premier League debutants Ruh Brest last weekend, it is no surprise that Smolevichi are seen as a clear favorite to be hit with an immediate drop this season. Already sat six points adrift of safety and the mood in their camp at a worrying low, Head Coach Aleksandr Brazevich has seen his side fail to win any of their opening nine contests this year. Despite opening the new campaign with what looked like an eye-catching point against defending champions Dinamo Brest, fans around Oktyabrsky have been extremely worried by their side’s continued issues in front of goal, particularly on the road. With no side in Belarus’ top-flight scoring fewer than Smolevichi’s six goals, Friday’s guests have landed just a sole away strike in over 300 minutes of action.
Bet: Torpedo Zhodino 8/13 to beat Smolevichi in Friday’s Belarusian Premier League showdown @ Bet 365
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