Shakhtyor Soligorsk 9-7-2, FC Smolevichi 3-5-9
7/26/20 1 pm
Over 2.5 (-275), Under 2.5 (+210) Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Shakhtyor Soligorsk is welcoming FC Smolevichi to Stroitel Stadium in round 19 in the Belarus Vysshaya League.
Shakhtyor is on a fantastic 14-game streak without a loss, and they are the best team in the Vysshaya League at the moment. Shakhtyor has been fantastic in the attacking end with 29 goals, while their defense has been absolutely brilliant with only 9 conceded goals, the least in the Vysshaya League by far. Shakhtyor is at the top of the table with 34 points, same as Bate Borisov in second place, but thanks to better goal differential, Shakhtyor is the leader of the Vysshaya League. In their latest game against Neman Grodno on the road, Shakhtyor has had 46% of ball possession, 4 corner kicks, but only 1 shot on goal. Offensively, Shakhtyor wasn’t good in this game, but their defense was up to the task once again, and this match ended in a 0-0 draw. Shindagoridze and Politevich are both injured and will not be in the lineup for this match. Lisakovich has scored 9 goals for Shakhtyor, while Podstrelov added 6 goals. Shakhtyor has really stepped up from last season, and if they can continue playing in this form after the break, I think that Shakhtyor just might win the title this season.
Smolevichi has had some really good games as of late, and with that, Smolevichi is getting closer to the safe zone. With 14 points, Smolevichi is in 15th place, but just 5 points away from the safe zone. Overall, Smolevichi has been an average team so far this season with 20 scored goals and 27 conceded goals, and if they had just a little bit more focus, Smolevichi would be out of the relegation zone. Vakulich, Barsukov, and Dzhigero have all scored 3 goals for Smolevichi, while Lozjkin and Mukhamedov added 2 goals. In their most recent Vysshaya League matcha against Vitebsk on the road, Smolevichi was the weaker team with 47% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, and 0 corner kicks. Even with this terrible soccer they played in this game, Smolevichi would have gotten away with a point, but they have conceded a penalty kick in the 56th minute, and Smolevichi has lost this match 1-0. As the newcomer to the Vysshaya League, Smolevichi is not having a good time, but they have shown some talent as of late, which made me think that Smolevichi could actually pull off a miracle and stay in the Vysshaya League next season as well.
Shakhtyor is the huge favorite in this match, and deservedly so, but Smolevichi has played solid defense as of late, and I think they could get a decent result out of this game.