Shakhtar continue to play the games that were rescheduled at their request, in order to prepare for the league games more comfortably. Last week, the Pitmen managed to beat Slavia 3-1 in a rescheduled match, and now Slutsk are next in line. Given the fact that Shakhtar will face experienced Romanian Cluj in the Conference league qualifying next week, they can already forget about their chances of making it past the European competitions, and the team should fully focus on the domestic league. That’s actually what Shakhtar are actively doing, moving up in the league standings, and they have already made it from the top 8 to the top 4. Shakhtar are now taking advantage of BATE’s abysmal play and results, and can climb to the top of the table in the very near future. The upcoming game is quite important for Soligorsk, because by taking three points here, they move up to first place in the table. And given the outright decline in Slutsk’s game, beating the Saharan is very easy task now, and Shakhtar can certainly cope with this task.
Slutsk had enough for about a third of the season, the team started the season well, and were very active in dragging their opponents into a draw. But everything started to fall into place, and now Slutsk already dwells only on the 11th position, and so far they can only boast a more or less good margin of points before the relegation zone. More recently, there was a terrible stretch of results in three rounds, where they lost to everyone else with a total score of 0-9. Last round, Slutsk had a win, but there was a victory over a completely defeated Brest, and it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. As for the upcoming match, here the prospects for Slutsk very dim, as they got a short stretch of the championship in defeat against big teams in the championship. They lost 0:3 to Torpedo, 0:4 to BATE. It’s hard to believe that the “Saharan” side will suddenly start playing differently against the reigning champions…
Quite an easy game to predict. Shakhtar have already made bloopers this season, and now the pair will have to pick their heads and actively score points. So the bookmakers think in the same way, putting a very modest odds on the Pitmen. My bet on this match: Handicap (-1) on Shakhtar. Slutsk are absolutely unimpressive now, and avoiding a defeat or two here will be extremely difficult. For full statistics and odds for the match, look at how to use my bonus on 1xbet.