Vitebsk hosts Smolevichi in round 3 of Belarusian Vysshaya Liga. The match will be played on Sunday, April 5th at Centralnyj Stadion (Vitebsk)
Although Vitebsk was one point from the play-out matches in the last championship, coach Yasinovskiy continued to lead the team for the fifth year in a row. And the squad did not become stronger. Of course, there are some acquisitions, such as goalkeeper Soroko and halfback Katz, both from Mogilev Dnepr. And Brazilian Cesar, who had previously played in the Spanish club of the 5th group of the Tercera League. But this can hardly be called a serious gain. Nevertheless, the Northerners won in the opening match of the championship at home. But the next one was lost to Neman Grodno, and the score was 2-0.
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Having returned to the highest division, Smolevichi started it with an away draw against the champion, Dynamo Brest. But they lost to Isloch in the second away round. The calendar is rather difficult. The club will play away for the third time in a row. And this can make its mark not only on the result of the upcoming match but also on the fate of the team during the tournament. Moreover, the team will play in the major league for only the second time in its history. In the year before last, there was a similar situation, after which the team relegated from the league. Then Smolevichi conceded 39 goals. And 19 of them were conceded in 15 away matches of the tournament.
And the visitors will surely concede at least a goal this time. Yes, Vitebsk cannot be called a scoring team. It didn’t score in two rounds of the current championship played. The visitors from Gorodeya scored the only goal that the Northerners have in the asset. Well, it's time for Vitebsk to score on its own. Moreover, the opponent plays frankly weakly in defense in the away matches. Smolevichi conceded two goals from Neman. And they conceded from Vitebsk in seven out of eight existing head-to-head matches. I think Vitebsk will manage to score this time.
Prediction for the match: Vitebsk to score over 0.5 goals