FK Slutsk vs. Vitebsk 4/11/20 Belarus Vysshaya League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
4/11/20 7 am
Over 2.5 (+150), Under 2.5 (-200)
FK Slutsk is welcoming Vitebsk to Garadskoi Stadion in round 4 of Belarus Vysshaya League.
Slutsk has been playing well at the start of this season and they have 2 wins and one loss. With 6 scored goals in 3 games, Slutsk has been one of the best offensive teams in the Vysshaya League so far in the season, but their defense hasn’t been as good with 4 conceded goals. Slutsk is in second place in the standings with 6 points, 3 points behind Energetik, the only team still without a loss. In their last match in Vysshaya League against Isloch on the road last weekend, Slutsk was solid with 49% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, and 3 corner kicks. This was an exciting match where Slutsk had the lead at half-time but fell behind in the early second half. A few minutes after falling behind, Slutsk was able to tie the game to 2-2. In the 75th minute, Slutsk got the lead back with a goal from a penalty kick and this match ended with a 2-3 win for Slutsk. Serdyuk is the leading goal scorer for Slutsk with 2 goals, while Takulov, Koanda, Semenov, and Gafar each scored 1 goal. After ending in 11th place last season, Slutsk is showing us in this early new season that they are capable of bigger things and better results.
Vitebsk has been hot and cold for a while now and they are in 6th place in the standings with 6 points, 2 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals. Vitebsk has 2 wins so far this season, but they aren’t effective in the attacking end and they are not showing signs of improvement. In their last match against Smolevichi last weekend, Vitebsk got the early lead which they were able to hold on to despite getting a red card early in the second half. Vitebsk barely escaped the relegation zone last season, and unless they fix their offense, I’m not sure Vitebsk can get any higher than last season. Klopotskiy is the only goal scorer for Vitebsk this season, while Daniil Chalov will miss this match due to a red card from last weekend. Wanderson is Vitebsk’s best player, but he still hasn’t shown his worth, but to be honest, that is not an easy thing to do if the rest of the team is bad. I have mentioned before that with the exception of the top three or four teams, Vysshaya League is not that competitive, but still, some offense is required, which is something Vitebsk doesn’t have, at least for now.
Vitebsk has had some success against Slutsk on the road, but I got to go with the better team here, which is Slutsk. I know that the home-field advantage doesn’t matter as much without the audience, but it still means something. Slutsk is in a much better form, on both ends.