Dinamo Minsk vs Spartaks by Luke
Dinamo Minsk is for sure the most reputable and reliable club in Belarus after the biggest one - BATE Borisov. Last season they finished at second position, with twelve points less than BATE and
15-8-3 record, four points above third placed Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
However, their championship is now underway, which could be once again one of their weapons as most of other nations are on the break. Currently, the team is only at fourth position in the new championship, having only 6-5-3 record for now. More worrying is that the side has two consecutive defeats, to Neman at home and Isloch on the road in last two weeks. Their aim is for sure to participate for as long as possible and to try and repeat the success from previous two consecutive years, when they reached the Europa League group stage.
Sides like CFR Cluj, Nacional, Zurich and Salzburg were defeated on that way in previous year and no doubt that everyone expect convincing victory against Spartaks now, even though their form in the domestic league isn't perfect. Their manager Vuk Rasovic will miss defensive duo Umaru Bangura and Roman Begunov, but also right full back Aleksey Kozlov and midfielder Valeri Zhukovski all out injured.
Spartaks ended up playing Europa League this season after being only fifth in previous championship, having thirty-one point less than champions from Liepaja. Second placed Skonto didn't get permission to play in Europe and that's the reason why fifth placed side from Latvian championship will be playing this season in Europa League qualifiers.
As Dinamo Minsk, Spartaks is also playing currently their new championship and the team does much better than in previous year - they are currently at first position with four points more than Venstpils and four victories in a row - during these four matches, they have scored twelve goals showing that they are aiming for bigger things this time. Team isn't without European experience, as they knockout out Montenegrin side Buducnost last year, before they were excluded by Serbian side Vojvodina. That's only European outing for now for the club.
Unlike many others, both teams are coming from active championships and are in full form now. Dinamo surely remains a favorite here, however with their absentees in the defense and questionable form, I see this game being more open than the bookmakers currently represent. My first choice will be over 2.5 goals, knowing it has some value, since the home team is alone able of scoring three here.