Energetik - Bate Borisov
BATE were pipped to the 2019 Premier League title by Dynamo Brest who finished 5pts clear of the Belarus giants to claim their first-ever top-flight championship. BATE, the fifteen-time champions, are once again amongst the favourites to win the league in 2020 and they start their campaign away at an Energetik-BGU side that finished twelfth last time out. Obviously with this being the first game of the season we have based our predictions for Thursday’s clash on how both teams performed last season, their recent record against one another, and their pre-season campaigns. BATE had the joint-best defensive record last season and finished second in the goalscoring charts, so you can start to see why we have backed the visitors to win 3-1 on Thursday. The form guide points towards a BATE win as well, with the visitors claiming four wins from their last six matches compared to the mere two wins Energetik-BGU have managed during that period. Both teams have scored in three of the hosts last six matches, none of which have produced wins for Energetik=BGU, while five of BATE’s last six outings have seen both teams score and three of those have ended in victory for the Belarus giants. BATE scored 3-goals in their last match against Dinamo Minsk in the Quarter-Finals of the cup and that result saw the record title winners progress through 5-3 on aggregate, while Thursday’s hosts conceded 3-goals in their last matches, a friendly against Smorgon which they lost 3-2.Pick: AH 2 (-3,5)
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 19.03. 15:00h