Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino vs. Shakhtyor Soligorsk 7/5/20 Vysshaya League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 7-5-3, Shakhtyor Soligorsk 7-6-2

7/5/20 11 am

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Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino is welcoming Shakhtyor Soligorsk to Torpedo Stadium in round 16 in the Belarus Vysshaya League.

Torpedo is having a solid season and they are in 5th place with 26 points, just 4 points away from the top, but the same amount as Neman in the last Europa League spot. Torpedo has scored 19 goals so far in the Vysshaya League while conceding 14 goals. Torpedo has lost only 1 of their last 5 games, but they have two draws during that stretch. In their last Vysshaya League match against Vitebsk, Torpedo has had 55% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, and 4 corner kicks. With a late goal in 69th minute, Torpedo has won this match 1-0. Gabriel Ramos has scored 6 goals for Torpedo this season, while Gorbachik added 5 goals. Kukharchik is the only injured player for Torpedo. The schedule hasn’t been easy for Torpedo, nor it’s getting any easier in the future, but Torpedo hasn’t lost to Bate Borisov or Energetik this season, and they will look to do the same against the best defensive team in the league. Last season was good for Torpedo, but this season is far better, and Torpedo is still in the race for the title.

Shakhtyor is having an outstanding season where they have won 27 points, scored 21 goals, and conceded only 7 goals. Shakhtyor is the best team overall in the Vysshaya League, and now they are within 3 points from Bate Borisov at the top. Shakhtyor hasn’t lost any of their last 11 games, but they also haven’t won any of their last three. Shakhtyor has 3 draws in their last three games. During this stretch, Shakhtyor has scored 4 goals and conceded 4 goals, which might be a sign that their defense is starting to lose focus, which is understandable because it’s hard to play that well for the whole season. Lisakovich is Shakhtyor’s top goalscorer with 7 goals, while Podstrelov added 5 goals. Shingagoridze and Politevich are both injured and will not be in the lineup for this match. In their latest Vysshaya League match against FC Minsk, Shakhtyor has had 52% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, and 3 corner kicks. This match ended in a 1-1 draw. I have a feeling this will be a tight season as Shakhtyor and Bate Borisov are two of the best teams in the league, and Shakhtyor’s outstanding defense might just be enough for them to take over the top, but they must stay consistent.

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The trends are on Shakhtyor’s side, and Shakhtyor hasn’t lost any of their last 11 games, and their last 6 away games. Torpedo has had some success at home against Shakhtyor, but I’m not sure they can win this game. Shakhtyor is the favorite here, and I will side with them because they are the better team with a far better defense than Torpedo.

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Goran’s Pick Shakhtyor Soligorsk -175

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