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Brest looking for hattrick of wins

The last match on Saturday evening in the Belarus Premier League is a clash between two sides in a crisis. Dinamo Brest welcomes Shakhtyor Soligorsk at the Stadyen DASK Brestski with both looking to make amends. Just by looking at the table, Dinamo Brest lies three points adrift of first place, while the gap to the top spot for Shakhtyor Soligorsk is five points. It could definitely be worse and going into the 6th round of the campaign there is plenty of time to correct things.

However, when one is the defending champion and the other finished third last season both have so far delivered disappointing results. Dinamo Brest has already amassed two defeats. That is one more than they suffered in the entire 2019 season! They suffered their second defeat of the season last week when they lost 1-0 to Vitebsk away from home. The home side took advantage of a penalty three minutes from the final whistle. It was a match in which Dinamo Brest doing everything to sabotage things for themselves.

Defender Gaby Junior Kiki was presented with his second yellow card after 73 minutes. 12 minutes later another defender, former Dynamo Kyiv-player Yevhen Khacheridi, got dismissed. It was only his second match in the line up after joining from PAOK in Greece. Naturally, that did not help the champions, and both are suspended for this encounter Saturday evening.

Shakhtyor Soligorsk is looking for their first win in five matches. Not once did they go four matches without a win last season but when you do not score it is difficult to win football matches. Last weekend Shakhtyor Soligorsk scored for the first time in four games and that was an own goal!

They conceded two goals before half time at home to FK Slutsk. Even though the latter had a player dismissed after 51 minutes Shakhtyor Soligorsk still could not take advantage. They have played three matches at home which have resulted in one goal and one point. An astonishing outcome for the best home side of the league in 2019.

The prices have been stacked pretty evenly for this match. However, they have already played each other twice in 2020 with Dinamo Brest winning both 2-0. First, they nailed the Super Cup before repeating the scoreline in the 1st leg of the cup semifinal two weeks ago. Go with the home win or consider taking the cautious approach of the “draw-no-bet”.

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