Vitebsk hosts Gorodeya in round 1 of Belarusian Vysshaya Liga. The match will be played on Saturday, March 21st at Centralnyj Stadion (Vitebsk)
Vitebsk made it to the cup final last season. But at the same time, the team seriously slowed down in the championship, having moved from 4th place to 13th. Moreover, only due to one draw, the Northerners managed to outrank Dnepr Mogilev, which participated in play-out meetings (and lost them). Obviously, the lessons of 2019 need to be learned, but did it work out? A lot of players left the team during the winter break, and many did it only because the contracts expired. There are not many newcomers, and the names are far from loud. However, Artem Soroko defended Dnepr’s net in 2/3 matches, and Pavel Nazarenko was one of the main defenders in Slutsk. Vitebsk did not shine in winter test matches, having lost the lion's share of them. The fans should only hope that Oleg Yarovinsky found a way to assemble a battle-worthy team from available resources. This coach is one of the old residents of the local workshop because he headed the team back in 2015.
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Gorodeya looked much better than Vitebsk last season. If the team managed to gain one more victory, it would even have a chance to break into the European cups. But 12 matches won and 44 points are a very decent result. Moreover, the team is based in a small village, and its default capabilities are quite limited. It is not surprising that many players left the team in winter. Moreover, Edgaras Zharskis, Mikhail Bashilov, and Artem Mitasov were, if not leaders, but definitely the regular players. There are few newcomers, but they can be counted on one hand. But Gorodeya managed to win most of the friendly games in February, so it approaches the season in good shape.
Bookmakers are waiting for an obstinate fight. They give a little lower coefficient for the hosts’ victory because of the home field factor. But for now, it’s not clear what shape the teams have. So it’s better to take a neutral bet on Over 2.0 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 goals scored