Vysshaya Liga match preview: Minsk versus Vitebsk

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Competition: Belarus Vysshaya Liga
Competition: Sun 22.November
Match begins: 11:00 (UTC)
Venue: Stadyen Traktar (16500 seats)

The home fans are expecting three points in this fixture, as the home advantage should be put to good use versus a struggling visitor. Minsk are in the 10th position while the guesting Vitebsk worry at 11th.

Vitebsk play their home games on grass, while this game is played on artifical turf. Recent stats for Vitebsk when playing on artifical turf are 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats from nine matches. They have scored 6 goals and conceded 10 times in these games.

Minsk are staying put; they can neither be promoted or relegated this season and are fighting only for positions. Vitebsk is no longer fighting for a cause; they can neither go up or down this season.

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Minsk form and stats

The story so far in the Vysshaya Liga for Minsk at their home stadium (Stadyen Traktar) is 7 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats.

It's back home for Minsk, who return with a good feeling about themselves after beating Isloch away with the result 4-3. Aleksandr Anufriev and Oleksandr Vasyliev (2) found the net in that victory. Preceding that match was a defeat to Dinamo Brest (1-2).

A goal frenzy last time out for Minsk, with a total of 7 goals in the match against Isloch. Fun stuff to watch!

The Minsk fans have had their share of opportunities to cheer home goals this season, having seen 23 goals in 14 league matches. With more than 1,5 conceded goals on average, the Minsk defense is not exactly impregnable. 23 goals conceded from 14 games. You can find more goal stats on the Statistics tab above.

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Vitebsk form and stats

There's been little loot from Vitebsk's travels as they have only collected 11 points from 14 away games in the Vysshaya Liga. Vitebsk, who have the fewest scored goals (26) in Vysshaya Liga, only have 2 wins to counter their 7 defeats and 5 draws. The pressure to perform on the road is increasing on S. Yasinskiy, the Vitebsk manager, as the last three away games were defeats.

There were no winners in Vitebsk's previous match, a Vysshaya Liga home game that ended 0-0 vs Ruh Brest (placed 8th). A 1-3 defeat away at BATE before that.

Many goals are not expected from the visiting Vitebsk as they have only managed to score 11 times from 14 away games in the league. It's been trouble in front of goal recently, as only 1 of these goals has been scored in their last three away matches. As for defending, Vitebsk rarely keep clean sheets as they have conceded 23 goals from these away matches.

Head 2 Head

Vitebsk - Minsk 1-0 was the story when these teams last met, earlier this season. H2H stats regardless of arena (last ten matches): Minsk one win, four draws and Vitebsk five victories. As for goals, three matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), seven games had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

MinskO. Vasyliev
O. Vasyliev
8 goals
MinskR. Gribovski
R. Gribovski
6 goals
MinskA. Anufriev
A. Anufriev
4 goals

Minsk missing players

Vitebsk missing players

Minsk Vitebsk
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
28 14 5 Played P 4 14 28
11 7 4 Won W 1 2 8
4 2 1 Drew D 1 5 11
13 5 0 Lost L 2 7 9
41 23 10 Scored S 4 11 26
51 23 4 Conceded C 6 23 33
100% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 89%
79% 79% 80% Over 1.5 O 1.5 50% 64% 54%
61% 71% 80% Over 2.5 O 2.5 25% 29% 25%
36% 29% 20% Over 3.5 O 3.5 25% 29% 25%
21% 21% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 25% 14% 14%
57% 64% 60% BTTS BTTS 25% 43% 39%
11% 14% 40% Clean Sheets C S 25% 14% 39%
32% 21% 0% Failed to Score F T 50% 43% 32%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
2.2 2.1 1.4 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2 2.4 2.1
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 1 2
 
306 165 68 Total Shots T S 42 135 323
125 70 25 Shots on Target S O 18 57 128
33% 33% 40% Goal Efficiency G E 22% 19% 20%
Key stats in Vysshaya Liga this season:
  • Minsk have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Minsk have scored at least twice as many goals at home as Vitebsk have scored away.
  • Minsk haven’t played a single 0-0 game.
  • Vitebsk has the fewest matches over the total-line (8) in Vysshaya Liga
  • Vitebsk has the fewest scored goals (26) in Vysshaya Liga
  • Vitebsk has the fewest scored goals in the second half (14) in Vysshaya Liga
  • Vitebsk have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.
  • Vitebsk have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Vitebsk haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 BATE 28 16 6 6 60 32 14 8 3 3 28 14 14 8 3 3 32 18 28 54
2 Shakhtyor 28 15 8 5 51 18 14 8 3 3 28 7 14 7 5 2 23 11 33 53
3 Neman Grodno 28 15 5 8 39 26 14 8 2 4 19 11 14 7 3 4 20 15 13 50
4 Torpedo BelAZ 28 14 8 6 50 35 14 8 3 3 22 15 14 6 5 3 28 20 15 50
5 Dinamo Brest 28 15 3 10 56 38 14 8 1 5 31 21 14 7 2 5 25 17 18 48
6 Dinamo Minsk 28 15 3 10 35 23 14 9 1 4 17 10 14 6 2 6 18 13 12 48
7 Isloch 28 13 5 10 45 42 14 8 3 3 27 19 14 5 2 7 18 23 3 44
8 Ruh Brest 28 10 11 7 49 33 14 4 5 5 21 20 14 6 6 2 28 13 16 41
9 Ynergetyk-BDU 28 11 5 12 40 41 14 5 3 6 24 26 14 6 2 6 16 15 -1 38
10 Minsk 28 11 4 13 41 51 14 7 2 5 23 23 14 4 2 8 18 28 -10 37
11 Vitebsk 28 8 11 9 26 33 14 6 6 2 15 10 14 2 5 7 11 23 -7 35
12 Slavia 28 8 9 11 36 48 14 4 6 4 16 18 14 4 3 7 20 30 -12 33
13 Gorodeya 28 8 6 14 27 42 14 4 4 6 17 20 14 4 2 8 10 22 -15 30
14 Slutsk 28 8 3 17 31 54 14 4 3 7 16 20 14 4 0 10 15 34 -23 27
15 Belshina 28 5 6 17 31 59 14 2 2 10 15 35 14 3 4 7 16 24 -28 21
16 Smolevichy-STI 28 3 5 20 27 69 14 3 2 9 18 38 14 0 3 11 9 31 -42 14

Read more about Vysshaya Liga

The Belarusian Premier League (or, the Vysshaya Liga) is the top level of football in Belarus. It was founded in 1992 after Belarus declared independence. It currently has 16 teams in a season running in spring, summer and autumn. Each team plays 30 fixtures to create a final league table.