Shakhtyor Soligorsk vs. Dynamo Brest 4/29/20 Belarus Cup Semifinals Soccer, Second Leg Pick, Odds, and Prediction
4/29/20 11 am
Over 2.5 (+125), Under 2.5 (-163)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk is hosting Dynamo Brest at Stroitel Stadium in the second leg of the semifinals in the Belarus Cup.
Shakhtyor has finally ended their 4-game streak without a loss this past weekend against Dynamo Brest, the same team Shakhtyor is facing in this match in the Belarus Cup. Shakhtyor was the weaker team with 47% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, and 4 corner kicks. Even though Shakhtyor was defending for most of the game, they were able to score 2 goals and to win this match 0-2. In the first leg of the semifinals, Shakhtyor has lost 2-0, but if they will be able to keep their game on the level from last weekend, Shakhtyor might just surprise in this game and give themselves a chance of advancing to the finals. In the Vysshaya League, Shakhtyor is in 11th place with 8 points, and even though 11th place seems far from the top, the difference is only 5 points which mean Shakhtyor has a good chance to get closer to the top if they can stay consistent. Entering the finals in the Belarus Cup could mean a lot for Shakhtyor because that would get them to the Europa League, and more importantly, they would have a shot at winning a trophy this season.
Dynamo is playing hot and cold this season and they haven’t won any of their last 2 games, and they haven’t scored a goal. In their loss this past weekend against Shakhtyor, Dynamo had 53% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, and 12 corner kicks, but their offense failed badly, and they weren’t able to use any of the chances Dynamo created. Defensively, Dynamo was even worse, and, in the end, they lost this game 0-2. Dynamo Brest is in 14th place in the standings in the Vysshaya League, which is in the relegation zone. After a solid start of the season, and after their win in the first leg of the semifinals in the Belarus Cup, Dynamo fell into a bad form, and it happens at the wrong time because it might cost them a chance to win the title in the Belarus Cup. Being this low in the standings was not something Dynamo expected after they won the title last season, but there is still enough time for Dynamo to gather themselves and start playing better soccer because they have more than the solid team that can beat anyone.
I don’t know if Shakhtyor can pull another win out of the hat, and against the same opponent, the second game in a row. One win doesn’t mean that Shakhtyor is out of their slump, but if they want a chance to advance to the finals, Shakhtyor must attack from the start, and for that reason, I expect goals here.