BATE take on the visitors Dinamo Brest at “Borisov Arena” in the round 18 of the Belarusian Vysshaya Liga. The game will be played in Barysaw on Friday, August 11th.
This season’s BATE are probably the weakest team in 10 recent years. The Belarusian champion hasn’t solved its task for the season: it didn’t promote to the UEFA Champions Ligue Group stage, having lost to Czech Republic’s champion Slavia Prague 0:1, 1:2. Moreover, Alyaksandr Yermakovich’s side is doing not so well even in the domestic championship as BATE was broken by FC Minsk with 0:1 scoreline on the road in the recent matchday and after 17 gameweeks the defending champion occupies the uncomfortable third place in the table with 36 points gained and 27-8 goal difference being four points behind the leader. At the same time in front of its fans the team takes their points: BATE got 22 out of 24 possible points with 12-1 goal difference in eight home encounters.
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Dinamo Brest were also unlucky in the Eurocups having been knocked out after the first round. Nevertheless, after that failure the club won three consecutive games in the domestic competitions having at first defeated FC Gomel 2:1 in the Belarusian Cup and then getting victories over FC Minsk 4:0 and Krumkachy 3:0 in the Vysshaya Liga. With 17 rounds behind, Dinamo Brest sit on the eighth position in the standings with 24 points earned and 24-17 goal difference earned, having not lost across last four matches with 10 points gained in them. The weak point of Artem Milevskiy’s side is its performance on the road as the side picked up only four points with six goals for and 13 goals against in eight clashes.
After another failure in last gameweek BATE must beat Dinamo Brest which show poor football at away grounds otherwise it might mean designation of Alyaksandr Yermakovich.
Prediction for the match: BATE to win.