Matchday 7 of the Belarus Premier League sees Dinamo Minsk looking to build on their recent turnaround as they host surprise league leaders Slutsk at their Stadyen Dynama stadium in the second match of the day in the capital.
Dinamo Minsk had a horrible start to this season’s campaign in which they won only one of the first four games they played but they bounced back in style with back-to-back wins in their last two outings – a 2-0 home victory over Neman Grodno and an impressive 3-1 win at Smolevichy-STI which took them to 9th on the log with 9 points. They will be looking to build on these performances and give their home supporters in the capital even more reason to smile when they welcome league leaders Slutsk this weekend.
Leonid Kuchuk will be pleased with the recent showing from his charges. They have found their goalscoring touch and have played with swashbuckling confidence particularly in those last two games in which they scored scoring five of their nine this season. Yevgeniy Shikavka is the league’s leading goalscorer at this point with 4 goals. He scored a brace in the last game and is playing with so much verve and confidence in that midfield alongside and this points towards an entertaining end-to-end game Ivan Bakhar who has two goals for the season.
Dinamo Minsk just missed out European qualifying slots last season and despite their slow start this season, they are determined to get over the top this season. This game will certainly be a litmus test for their ambitions this season.
League leaders Slutsk have been in terrific form in a season that has been packed with surprises thus far. They have only lost one of the six games played and sit atop the table with 13 points – one clear of second-placed Isloch. Coming into this game, Slutsk are also coming off back-to-back wins over Shakhtyor and bottom side Belshina who they beat 3-2 last weekend with 22-year-old Nigerian striker Bala Muhammad Umar’s late goal sparing them blushes with his second of the game after they had squandered a 2-0 lead earlier in the game.
Slutsk were in the thick the relegation battle last season and have exceeded all expectations and outdone themselves with their blistering start to this season. Two 8th place finishes is the best they have to show since their promotion to Belarus’ top tier in 2014. They now lead the league, a point clear at the summit and have the best attack scoring 12 goals in the 6 games they have played. Vitaliy Pavlov’s boys will, however, need to be at the top of their game if they are to get any favourable result at the Stadyen Dynama. That arena has been nothing short of a slaughterhouse for them. They have never won against Dinamo on any of their trips there, losing six of seven in all competitions.
This game has goals written all over it. Both teams have been firing on all cylinders this season. Slutsk leads the league with 12 goals scored this season while Dinamo are second on that metric with 9 goals to their credit. They are both coming off back to back victories and both are motivated to get a win here. This, therefore, portends for an open game with plenty of goal-scoring opportunities for both sides. With the quality of attack they both possess we foresee BOTH TEAMS SCORING and Bet9ja betting app’s price of 1.88 for BTTS looks like very good value. The last two head-to-head clashes have seen both teams score and we fancy that trend to continue on Saturday evening.
Bet9ja are also offering a mouthwatering price of 2.28 for Double Chance Dinamo or Draw and Over 2.5. We are backing this for our final betting tip for this game. We anticipate the high powered offenses for both of these teams find the back of the net. Dinamo have the weight of expectation on their shoulders and this should give them the extra motivation and edge they need to overcome the visitors.
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