After COVID-19 hit the pause button on some thrilling title races in some of the world’s biggest football leagues (Italy, Germany and Spain, to name a few), one league is left standing: the Vysheyshaya Liga in Belarus.
Yes, and I never thought I’d type this sentence, the eyes of football bettors and diehards pining for a 90-minute match somewhere are focused on the small nation of just over nine million people and their top-tier football league, which is just four matches old.
So what is this league about? Who is good? Who should you avoid? Who scores? Who doesn’t?
I’ll dig into those questions and more because if you’re like me, you definitely miss football and you definitely miss betting on football.
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Who is the Best Team in Belarus?
Recent history shows us that BATE Borisov has absolutely owned this 16-team league. They won 13 straight titles from 2006 through 2018 before finishing second last season.
If you’ve watched the Europa League, then you’re probably a bit familiar with them. They did beat Arsenal 1-0 in the first leg in the Round of 32 back in 2018-19, after all.
It has been a slow start out of the gate for BATE this season, however. It’s early days, but they currently sit seventh in the league with two wins and two losses for six points.
Atop the table is Energetik-BGU with three wins and one loss thus far. They are even on points with Torpedo Zhodino but own the superior goal differential.
Is This a High-Scoring League?
Well, judging by some of the lines from the Matchday 5 board, I wouldn’t say so. I mean, there’s a full-game total of 1.5 out there with five games set at 2.0.
After digging into the numbers, there are an average of 1.97 goals scored per game, hence the prevalence of 2 as the total.
It should also be noted that scoring has come down each matchday. Matchday 1 saw an average of 2.25 goals per game, then 2.0 in matchday 2, 1.875 in matchday 3 and 1.75 in matchday 4.
Entering the next batch of games, FK Slutsk is the top-scoring team with seven goals while Rukh and Smolevichi have managed just one goal apiece.
Do Home Teams Cash Frequently?
Not really. Through four matchdays (32 games), the home team has just 15 wins with 11 losses and six draws. So away teams should not be instantly dismissed if looking at some decent prices in moneyline markets.
Two clubs that have defended their home turfs are the two at the top of the table. Energetik-BGU and Torpedo Zhodino are the only teams to remain unbeaten at home while playing more than one home game. Both are 2-0 with Energetik-BGU scoring five and conceding one while Torpedo has scored three and has yet to concede.
Both BATE and Vitebsk have played just one home game and both did win 1-0.
Who are the Best UNDER Bets?
Rukh currently looks like the King of the UNDER as it has played in three games which resulted in a 1-0 scoreline and one that finished 0-0. So we’ve got a team that can’t score and that defends pretty well.
As stated above, Rukh has managed just one goal so far this campaign (a 1-0 away win at Dinamo Minsk).
Soligorsk is another club that has been keeping the scorelines low. In fact, they have played in back-to-back scoreless draws entering matchday 4 but have two goals for and one goal conceded.
As of the publication date, this is the only league we’ve got. I feel like we might get the leagues we love most sooner rather than later, but for now, viva Belarus!
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