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May 17, 2020 at 1pm UK
BelshinaBelshina
1-1
VitebskVitebsk
Glebko (63' pen.)
Kuchinski (4'), Bordukov (9'), Bashilov (30'), Nechaev (47'), Yasykevich (82'), Solanovich (90+1'), Glebko (90+4')
Yasykevich (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Cesar (78')
Nazarenko (17'), Carioca (25'), Matveenko (29'), Cesar (32')
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Preview: Belshina vs. Vitebsk - predictions, form guide, head-to-head record

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Sports Mole previews Sunday's Vysheyshaya Liga clash between Belshina and Vitebsk, including predictions, form guides and head-to-head records.

Bottom-of-the-table Belshina will play host to Vitebsk in the Belarusian Premier League at the Spartak Stadium on Sunday lunchtime.

Belshina are without a win from their first eight games of the 2020 campaign, while Vitebsk currently lie 10th in the table heading into gameweek nine.


Match preview

Belshina have been handed a harsh welcome back to life in the Belarusian top flight after a three-year stint in the second division.

The recently-appointed Dmitri Migas witnessed his side succumb to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Isloch last time out, their third successive defeat in the Vysheyshaya Liga.

Last season's Belarusian second division champions have only picked up two points from a possible 24 thus far, and Belshina's -9 goal difference is currently the worst in the league.

Migas's side have netted a mere six goals during the 2020 campaign and are without a clean sheet in the early stages of the season.

However, Belshina could rise above fellow strugglers Smolevichi with their first victory of the season on Sunday, although only two of their six strikes have been scored in front of their own fans.

Vitebsk are also without a win in their last three Vysheyshaya Liga matches but a strong set of results earlier in the season sees them sit on 11 points after eight matches.

Sergey Yasinsky's side have amassed three wins, two draws and three losses at this stage of the campaign, and Vitebsk managed to end Shakhtyor Soligorsk's three-game winning run last weekend as the two clubs played out a goalless draw.

Like their opponents, Vitebsk have also found the net six times in the Belarusian top flight thus far, with two of their strikes coming on the road against Smolevichi and Slutsk respectively.

Vitebsk's most recent victory saw them enjoy a 1-0 triumph over current champions Dinamo Brest courtesy of Ion Nicolaescu's penalty, but there is still plenty of work to be done if Yasinsky's men are to improve on last season's 13th-placed finish.

Belshina Vysheyshaya Liga form: LDDLLL

Vitebsk Vysheyshaya Liga form: WDWLLD


Head To Head

Sunday's clash represents the 31st meeting between the two sides since 1996, with Belshina picking up 16 wins compared to Vitebsk's nine.

Vitebsk enjoyed two 1-0 victories during the 2016 campaign when the sides last met - and Belshina have failed to take all three points against their opponents since 2011.

Interestingly, Vitebsk have netted one goal in the last four meetings between the two clubs, but Yasinsky's side had failed to score in the previous six clashes between 2010 and 2015.


We say: Belshina 0-1 Vitebsk

Belshina are at risk of a swift return to the Belarusian second division should results not improve soon, and even though Migas's men boast the better overall record against Vitebsk, it is difficult to go against the away side given the early-season form of both clubs.



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1BATE BorisovBATE24154552242849
2Shakhtyor SoligorskSoligorsk24137443142946
3Neman24135633221144
4Torpedo-BelAZTorpedo-BelAZ2411853930941
5IslochIsloch2413293834441
6Rukh BrestRukh Brest2499641271436
7Energetik-BGUEnergetik-BGU2310493334-134
8Dinamo Minsk23103102721633
9Vitebsk2471072429-531
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11FC MinskFC Minsk2274112742-1525
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14GorodeyaGorodeya2455142041-2120
15SmolevichiSmolevichi2235142349-2614
16Dinamo BrestDinamo Brest104151313013
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