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Champions wary of the threat

At the Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski the home side FC Vitebsk play host to defending champions FC Dinamo Brest Saturday afternoon. The two sides are placed right next to each other in the table of seven points after the first four rounds. Obviously, the home side has lost only once so far, but could the next defeat be on the cards this afternoon?

They have yet to face a side which finished higher than 6th in the table last season. They did claim three points int their first match of the season though against Gorodeya. The latter has proven in quite a good form since by claiming nine points as one of only three sides have managed.

More wins coming?

That win came in the so far only match played at the Stadyen Central’ny Vitsyebski for FC Vitebsk. It even came in a match where they played the whole of the second half with 10 men after the dismissal of Kalenchuk. By the way, FC Vitebsk is another side with rather bizarre scheduling in the Belarus Premier League. They will no doubt relish their chances when they return home after three away games on the spin.

For Dinamo Brest, one gets the vibe that they are perhaps about to get their act together. The winner of the league last season opened this campaign in a bit of a slump, not least at home. They dropped four points in their first two home matches of the season. Not the best of openings for a title defence.

Last midweek saw them claim a fine result in the cup-semifinal, winning the first leg 2-0 at home against Shakhtyor Soligorsk. The latter finished third last season. Dinamo Brest followed that up immediately by taking down Isloch 3-1 at home. Dinamo Brest has a solid head to head against FC Vitebsk winning the last four meetings on the bounce.

They also proved themselves a formidable away side last season winning 12 of 15 games on their travels while losing none. We expect the home side to be wary of the threat opposing them Saturday afternoon. We also expect the visitors to be respectful of the home side so a low scoring encounter seems a very nice prospect. We also fancy an away win by a single goal.

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