Energetik-BGU hosts BATE in round 1 of Belarusian Vysshaya Liga. The match will be played on Thursday, March 19th at RCOP-BGU Stadium (Minsk)
Belarus continues to play various kinds of sports, and it’s not cowardly hiding in holes! So the first round of the championship will be held normally. Energetik made its debut in the elite of Belarusian football last season, and the team was remembered primarily because it played without regard to its box. Scores like 5-3 were the norm for this team. As a result, the Minsk team stopped three points from the relegation zone, and it is ready to spend another bright season in the Premier League. The team of Vladimir Belyavskiy will start from the match with BATE. Perhaps the Borisov team left the least good impression for Energetik last season. The hosts lost to the multiple champions of the country with 0-4 and 1-4 scores. Frankly, it will be very difficult to expect something qualitative from Energetik.
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BATE is already playing in the new season. The team already played two matches in the Belarusian Cup quarterfinals, having beaten Dynamo Minsk in both of them (2-1 and 3-2). Both games turned out to be good in the attack, but there are questions for defense. BATE will start the new season with a new coach in the person of Kirill Alshevsky. The team has an experienced and powerful attack by the standards of Belarusian football. Stasevich, Skavysh, Nyakhaychik - all of them already showed their good mood for the start of the season, having distinguished with useful actions in the cup matches. Perhaps Energetik was the only team with which BATE did not have problems last season, having beaten it with an 8-1 score on aggregate. I expect the same confident victory of the visitors in the first round of the new championship.
The favorite is obvious. BATE is in good shape. There are questions for the defense, but the attack is doing its job well, and in a match with such a modest opponent as Energetik, Borisov’s attack can score 3-4 times easily. Thus, a -1 handicap of BATE looks quite passable here.
Prediction for the match: BATE to win with -1.0 handicap