Neman Grodno 9-3-4, Shakhtyor Soligorsk 9-6-2
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Neman Grodno is hosting Shakhtyor Soligorsk at ZSK Neman in a derby match of round 18 in the Belarus Vysshaya League.
Neman has been outstanding over the last two months, and they haven’t lost any of their last 8 games in the Vysshaya League. During this stretch, Neman has scored at least 1 goal in 7 of their last 8 games, while conceding only 3 goals, which is an extraordinary accomplishment. Neman is in third place in the standings with 30 points, which is the Europa League spot, but the first place is only 3 points away from them, and I’m sure Neman has their eye set on that spot. With only 13 conceded goals in 16 games, Neman has one of the best defenses in the Vysshaya League, while their offense has been solid with 22 scored goals. Kadimyan is Neman’s top goalscorer with 7 goals, while Marusic added 5 goals, and Zabelin has 4 goals. In their latest Vysshaya League game against Vitebsk on the road, Neman was the better team with 52% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, and 3 corner kicks, but unfortunately for Neman, they weren’t able to score a goal, and this match ended in a 0-0 draw. After this match against Shakhtyor, Neman is playing against Belshina, one of the weakest teams in the league, and I’m sure we can count on Neman to stay close to the top.
Shakhtyor has been proving game after game that hey can go toe to toe with Bate Borisov, and Shakhtyor hasn’t lost a game since mid-April, 13 games in a row. Overall, Shakhtyor has been the better team than Bate Borisov this season, certainly on the defensive end where Shakhtyor conceded only 9 goals so far this season. In the attacking end, Shakhtyor has scored 29 goals, which makes them the third-best offensive team in the Vysshaya League. In their latest Vysshaya League game against Gorodeya at home, Shakhtyor was dominant with 55% of ball possession, massive 10 shots on goal, and 5 corner kicks. With 3 goals in the first half and 1 more goal in the second half, Shakhtyor has won this match 4-1. With this victory, Shakhtyor has taken over the top of the Vysshaya League where they now have 33 points, 2 points more than Bate Borisov. Lisakovich is Shakhtyor’s leading goal scorer with 9 goals, while Podstrelov added 6 goals. Shakhtyor has ended the last season in third place, but it looks like they will go down swinging this season, and they swing hard. Shakhtyor has two more games in the first half of the season, with the last one being against the weak FC Smolevichi team.
Neman has won 4 home games in a row, and their home record this season is 6-1-1. This could be an exciting game that could go either way, but Neman hasn’t conceded a goal in their last 5 games, but Shakhtyor is in amazing form and I’m confident they will score a goal here.