As summer begins to heat up across Europe, international football has been one of the only tickets in town. While the western half of the continent has just begun to emerge from their pandemic driven shadows, a league in the East is entering its fifth month of regular season play.
The Belarusian Premier League (BPL) has not only yet to miss a game since starting (on time) in March, but it has allowed fans into the stadiums the entire time. We’ve been following since day one, and cashing tickets all along the way.
Let’s take a look at a Saturday morning matchup I have my eye on.
Bate Borisov (-260) vs. Slavia Mozyr (+600): Saturday, 11:30 AM EST
BATE Borisov is currently in a two-way tie for the top spot in the table — and a spot in next month’s Champions League. They enter this match in desperate need of a win after dropping their previous two. Those two losses are half of their total on the season, having claimed points in their previous 11 matches straight.
They lost 0-1 to Energtik-BGU their last time out. They needed to avoid that home loss to keep their summer postseason hopes alive.
Slavia-Mozyr has little to play for with just a few weeks remaining on the first half of the BPL season,. Sitting six points clear of relegation, a point here would be more than their supporters could even hope for against the superior BATE.
With two straight losses fresh on their mind, and Champions League qualifying talent on their roster, I expect BATE to make a statement in this one. Take them on the 3-way spread.
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