Belarusian Cup Semi-Final Predictions & Tips: Who Is Cup-Final Bound?

Leigh Copson:

A place in the Belarusian Cup Final will be up for grabs on Wednesday night when the second legs of the two semi-finals take place, but who will move one step closer to getting their hands on silverware.

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Belarusian Cup Semi-Final Predictions & Tips: Shakhter Soligorsk v Dinamo Brest (Wednesday 16:00 BST)

These two teams must be sick of the sight of each other at this time. Dinamo Brest ran out 2-0 winners in the first leg of this cup semi-final a couple of weeks back, but Shakhter Soligorsk got their revenge this past weekend when they visited the Belarusian champions so they will go into this match with renewed confidence that they can turn the tie around. That 2-0 success was just what the doctor ordered for a side who had failed to win their previous four games in all competitions, and it was exactly what Brest did not want as they try to kick-start their season. Last season’s league winners have now lost three of their last five games in all competitions and they head to Soligorsk having not won on the road in over a month. In fact, that 1-0 success at Slutsk is the only time they have won an away fixture in 90 minutes this season. So while Shakhter have not been outstanding recently, Brest really are there for the taking right now. I fancy the hosts to get the job done, but whether they score enough times to overhaul that two-goal deficit remains to be scene.

Belarusian Cup Semi-Final Predictions & Tips: BATE Borisov v Slavia Mozyr (Wednesday 18:00 BST)

BATE Borisov appear to have breathed new life into their season in recent weeks, but nothing less than a victory will do when they entertain Slavia Mozyr on Wednesday night. The visitors head to the Borisov Arena with a slender one-goal lead thanks to a 1-0 victory in the first leg of this semi-final tie, but since that victory their form has gone downhill with a home draw against Ruh Brest in the league being followed up by back-to-back defeats. They will go into this with confidence though – after all, they have beaten BATE twice already this season. However, both of those successes came at home. Slavia do not boast a particularly impressive record on their travels and they are now coming up against a BATE team who will have been rejuvenated by their seven-point haul in their last three league games and are unbeaten at home this season, failing to win on only one occasion. They have racked up four clean sheets in their last five competitive fixtures too, so I am very tempted to back BATE to overcome a one-goal handicap on their way to victory and a clean sheet.