Dinamo Minsk take on visitors from Ireland St. Patricks in the first leg of Europa League qualifying matchup. The game will be played on Thursday, July 14th at Tractor Stadium.
Dinamo Minsk show quite nice results recently. The team is in good conditions as the season in Belarus in its middle. Today’s hosts have gained 26 points in 15 league matches with21-16 goal difference and occupy third place. Previous qualifying round against Latvian side Spartaks ended with confident aggregate win of the team from the capitol of Belarus (2-1, 2-0). The hosts of upcoming leg played 8 matches at own stadium in 2016, recording six wins, one draw and one defeat, showing solid football in defense with 9-2 aggregate score in these matches.
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The season in Irish Premier Division is also in its middle, but St. Patricks are clearly in poor conditions. The visiting side is on four-match losing streak with one goal scored and ten conceded. Such slump dropped the team on sixth place in the standings with 23 points after 18 league matches played and 25-25 aggregate goal difference. On the other hand, St. Patricks eliminated Jeunesse Esch from Luxemburg in the previous qualifying round. However, the overall victory over humble Luxembourgian side was take only due to away goal rule. St. Patricks played 12 matches on the road in 2016, taking four wins, two draws and six defeats. Four last away games ended with defeats (2-10 on aggregate).
Upcoming leg will be the first head-to-head between the opponents. Dinamo shouldn’t have problems with taking the lead in matchup after home leg as they play in much better league, show nice results at home and, unlike the visitors, are in good conditions.
Prediction for the match: Dinamo to win with -1.5 Asian handicap.