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- Isloch have only won two of their last nine home games in the Belarus Premier League.
- Slavia Mozyr have lost just one of their last nine competitive matches, including one of their last five away games.
- Four of Isloch’s last seven home league games have ended 1-1.
Worrying trend emerging for Isloch
Isloch fell to their second consecutive defeat last weekend as reigning Belarus Premier League champions Dinamo Brest came back from a goal behind to win 3-1 on home soil, and this could mark the beginning of a worrying looking trend.
That defeat followed on from their 3-2 defeat to Slutsk, another game in which they let a one goal lead slip to lose the game. They have shipped six goals in two games and relinquished a lead in both, making their back-to-back 1-0 wins at the start of the season seem an awful long time ago.
It’s worth noting that those two early victories did come against significantly weaker opposition. The first was against a Neman Grodno side that finished just six points above the relegation playoff spot last season, and the second came against the newly promoted Smolevichi.
Confidence sky-high at Slavia Mozyr
Slavia Mozyr may have only picked up one more point than their opponents this season, but the visitors are in far higher spirits right now. They lost their league opener away to Slutsk but since then they are unbeaten in all competitions.
Slavia picked up a massively impressive win over BATE in the Belarus Premier League before taking three points off reigning champions Dinamo Brest. They then beat powerhouses BATE again in the first leg of their Belarus Cup semi-final before ending their winning streak with a draw at home to Rukh Brest.
Visitors look to continue excellent start
Despite this hugely impressive start to the season, Slavia are actually underdogs in the markets. We think differently – Isloch have only won two of their last nine home league games and face a visiting side that have lost just one of their last nine in all competitions. Even away from home they have only lost one of their last five, so a Slavia Mozyr win or draw double chance is looking very attractive.
In the end, we do expect the spoils to be shared. Four of Isloch’s last seven home league games have ended in 1-1 draws and, while they have struggled to win recently, they have only lost three of their last nine home games in the top flight. Another 1-1 draw seems the best option for our correct score prediction.