Kick-off: 1730, 17/04/2020
Stadium: Stroitel Stadium
FC Slutsk are aiming to keep pace with the Vysshaya Liga leaders when they travel to shot-shy Shakhtyor on Friday evening.
Vitaliy Pavlov’s side are third in the table, two points off the summit after two wins and a draw from their opening four matches.
The hosts are struggling for goals so a narrow away win at an appealing 8/1 is our initial Shakhtyor vs Slutsk prediction.
A Look At Shakhtyor’s Betting Odds
Shakhtyor finished third last season, scoring 59 goals in 30 games while conceding a joint-league low of 21.
While they have continued to defend superbly with three clean sheets in a row, their productivity at the other end has diminished with only two goals in four matches this term.
Shakhtyor will take great comfort from last season’s record against Slutsk, scoring six goals and conceding none, but their lack of clinical edge could haunt them.
They have yet to score at home and a tight game looks in the offing, similar to their season-opening late 1-0 defeat to Torpedo.
With that in mind, a draw at half-time before an away win at 31/2 is good value from the Shakhtyor vs Slutsk odds.
A Look At FC Slutsk’s Betting Odds
Slutsk finished four points above the relegation zone last term, but they have put that season to bed and started this one superbly.
They have beaten Slavia Mozyr and Isloch Minsk, drawn with Vitebsk and only suffered a narrow loss to champions Dinamo Brest.
Their two wins have seen them score three times on both occasions, with five of their seven goals arriving in the second half.
They have also scored last in three of their four matches, having lost 1-0 to Dinamo.
To do so again at the Stroitel Stadium they are 29/10 and that completes our Shakhtyor vs Slutsk betting tips.
Smolevichi 0-0 SHAKHTYOR
FC SLUTSK 1-1 Vitebsk – Souleymane Koanda
Head-to-head: Slutsk 0-5 Shakhtyor, Shakhtyor 1-0 Slutsk, Slutsk 1-3 Shakhtyor, Shakhtyor 0-1 Slutsk, Slutsk 0-2 Shakhtyor, Shakhtyor 2-1 Slutsk
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