The second match on Saturday in the Belarus Premier League has Ruh Brest taking on FC Minsk at home. At the Stadyen DASK Brestski, both sides will be looking to get back on track. Both started the year with a win, but lately, the outcome has been a bit more disappointing.
One point on the final day of the season last year was enough for Ruh Brest to claim the playoff spot for promotion. They managed to fight their way through that as well. But survival was always going to be tough in the Premier League. The campaign started well with a 1-0 win away to Dinamo Minsk though.
Two tough assignments followed against Energetyk and BATE Borisov and not surprisingly Ruh Brest came through empty-handed. Both matches were lost by a goal to nil. Their most recent endeavour saw them fight out a goalless draw against in-form Slavia. It is a tall order for any promoted side to open the season with three away matches from the first four.
Just one goal condeeded
Conceding one goal in total in these three matches is not an altogether poor performance. Scoring one goal in four, on the other hand, it rather poor. Their tactics seem pretty obvious; keep things as tight as possible and hope to claim the odd goal. No doubt that could prove successful against FC Minsk should Ruh Brest manage to take the lead. The visitors have yet to keep a clean sheet this season. They even conceded at least twice in the last three matches.
In the first two, their own offensive abilities helped them through in the end as they ended up winning 3-1 and 3-2 respectively. Goals have dried out though as they go into this match with defeats of 3-0 and 2-0 in the last two rounds. These defeats came against the same two sides against Ruh Brest have lost this season.
Does that mean Ruh Brest and FC Minsk are evenly matched? It is a bit of a tough call as Ruh Brest have only had one opportunity to prove themselves at home. We do know though that, Minsk managed to beat Belshina 3-1 away from home in the first match of the season. Belshina won the first division last year, 12 points ahead of Ruh Brest. Is that an indication of what will happen here? We are taking a shot at the away win.