Kick-off: 1700, 03/04/2020
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Torpedo Zhodino did the double over Dinamo Minsk in emphatic fashion last season, prevailing 4-0 at home in early November following June’s 3-0 away victory.
The visitors have also started the current Vysshaya Liga campaign in much better form, kicking off with two wins, whereas their opponents have yet to pick up a point.
All that makes 29/10 for an away win hard to resist for our first Dinamo Minsk vs Torpedo Zhodino prediction.
A Look At Dinamo Minsk’s Betting Odds
Dinamo have been one of the best teams in Belarus over the past few years, but they did slip out of the top three for the first time since 2011 last term.
Fourth place was two spots better than Torpedo, but a 25-point gap between them and champions Dinamo Brest was disappointing.
That prompted a number of changes over the winter, with 21-year-old Belarus striker Ivan Bakhar one of the most significant purchases.
However, a 1-0 home loss to Rukh Brest was followed by a 3-2 defeat in last Saturday’s Minsk derby.
At least Dinamo showed some spirit late on in that encounter, having trailed 3-0 at the interval.
Yevgeniy Shikavka pulled one back from the penalty spot on 77 minutes, before Bakhar set up a tense finish by netting soon after.
The comeback proved in vain, but we now like 3/2 for over 2.5 goals in this game from the Dinamo Minsk vs Torpedo Zhodino odds.
A Look At Torpedo Zhodino’s Betting Odds
Torpedo, sponsored by Zhodino’s machine building factory BelAZ, fit their blue-collar roots and battled hard to finish sixth last season, following a trio of fifth-placed efforts.
A strong start saw them pick up 10 points from their first four away fixtures 12 months ago and they began this time around with a 1-0 victory at Shakhtyor, who were third last term.
Gabriel Ramos grabbed a stoppage-time decider in that contest and Valery Gorbachik scored the only goal of the game versus Belshina a week ago.
Gorbachik had a fine record for Smolevichi and now seems fully settled in Zhodino, plus he will be fired up here after failing to make the grade at Dinamo as a youngster.
Vitali Ustinov is another player to watch out for in this hard-working team, with the one-time Russia Under-21 international having previously been a consistent performer for Rubin Kazan.
Many pundits will suggest that Dinamo are a better team on paper, but momentum is a big thing in sport – and Torpedo have plenty of it right now.
Let’s finish off our Dinamo Minsk vs Torpedo Zhodino betting tips by taking 17/2 for an away win and both teams to score.
FC Minsk 3-2 DINAMO MINSK – Yevgeniy Shikavka (pen), Ivan Bakhar
TORPEDO 1-0 Belshina – Valery Gorbachik
Head-to-head: Torpedo 4-0 Dinamo Minsk, Dinamo Minsk 0-3 Torpedo, Torpedo 0-0 Dinamo Minsk, Dinamo Minsk 2-1 Torpedo
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