Kick-off: 1400, 10/05/2020
Stadium: Vitebsky Central Sport Complex
Shakhtyor have started to climb the Vysshaya Liga table ahead of their trip to Vitebsk on Sunday.
Yuriy Vernydub’s side, having finished third last season, have responded to a three-match winless streak with convincing back-to-back wins.
Vitebsk just managed to avoid relegation last term and have seen a promising start halted with consecutive defeats to sit mid-table after seven matches.
Shakhtyor also know how to beat Vitebsk, having won 26 of their 39 meetings.
The visitors are getting ahead of steam and another away win at 9/10 is our initial Vitebsk vs Shakhtyor prediction.
A Look At Vitebsk’s Betting Odds
Vitebsk were among the early pacesetters in Belarus’ top flight after taking 10 points from their opening five games.
But that start was undone with a 2-0 loss at Isloch Minsk followed by a 3-2 home defeat to Slavia Mozyr.
Sergey Yasinsky’s team have taken six of their 10 points on home soil and have scored in every game at the Vitebsky Central Sport Complex this season.
Vitebsk have netted four of their six goals in front of their own fans and two of them arrived in their last outing against Slavia.
Shakhtyor have yet to concede on the road this season, keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the league, but nine of the last 14 meetings between the sides have seen both teams find the net.
We are siding with history and both teams to score is 6/5 in the Vitebsk vs Shakhtyor odds.
A Look At Shakhtyor’s Betting Odds
Shakhtyor struggled to emulate last season’s form at the start of this campaign, taking five points from as many matches.
They have kicked on now, though, securing an impressive 2-0 win at champions Dinamo Brest and a 4-0 rout of Isloch Minsk.
Two clean sheets plus a 4-2 win over Brest in the Cup in midweek, which ultimately proved in vain as they crashed out on away goals, shows Shakhtyor are a team on the up.
They are very efficient away from home, collecting seven points from nine while scoring four goals and conceding none.
Shakhtyor come alive in the second half, netting seven of their nine league goals in the final 45 minutes, while Vitebsk have conceded six of eight after half-time.
The hosts could keep up with their visitors for 45 minutes but a draw at half-time followed by an away win at 7/2 is our final Vitebsk vs Shakhtyor prediction.
VITEBSK 2-3 Slavia Mozyr – Artem Gurenko, Ion Nicolaescu
SHAKHTYOR 4-0 Isloch Minsk – Vitali Lisakovich (2), Dmitri Podstrelov, Darko Bodul
Head-to-head: Shakhtyor 4-0 Vitebsk, Vitebsk 1-0 Shakhtyor, Shakhtyor 2-1 Vitebsk, Vitebsk 2-1 Shakhtyor, Vitebsk 1-2 Shakhtyor, Shakhtyor 2-0 Vitebsk
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