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Torpedo Zhodino v Belshina Bobruisk (Friday 15:00 GMT)
Torpedo Zhodino enjoyed a winning start to the season last weekend as they ran out win winners at Shakhtyor, and they are odds-on favourites to make it back-to-back successes in first home match of the campaign on Friday night. Belshina Bobruisk were comfortably beaten 3-1 at home by Minsk in their season-opener, and it was a quick reality check for the side who were promoted from the second tier last November. They should receive another here too as Torpedo Zhodino claim the spoils. There will not be as many goals though – the hosts do not tend to get involved in high-scoring games.
FK Ruh Brest v Energetik-BGU Minsk (Friday 17:00 GMT)
Two teams who opened the season with shock victories go head-to-head in this one. Top flight newcomers FK Ruh Brest kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 upset of Dinamo Minsk in Minsk a week ago, while Energetik-BGU Minsk, who narrowly fended off relegation last season, stunned BATE Borisov with a 3-1 victory. Who can now build on the promising start? The bookies are leaning towards Energetik-BGU Minsk despite them being the away team and that is no surprise considering what they did to BATE. I believe they will bring FK Ruh Brest crashing back down to Earth here.
FC Slutsk v Dinamo Brest (Saturday 10:00 GMT)
Defending Premier League champions Dinamo Brest made a disappointing start to the season as they were held at home by a Smolevichy side who finished second in the second tier last season, and they will be keen to bounce back when they visit FC Slutsk on Saturday. Slutsk opened up with a 3-1 success at home to Slavia a week ago, but like the bookmakers I am confident that we will see Dinamo Brest bounce back here. The visitors have won five of the last six meetings between the two clubs, with the other match ending in a draw, and goals have tended to be on the cards when these two teams have met. We could see more of the same here.
Slavia Mozyr v BATE Borisov (Saturday 12:00 GMT)
BATE Borisov’s title pursuit got off to the worst possible start as they crashed to a 3-1 victory last weekend, but nobody will be pushing the panic button this early in the campaign and they should bounce back against a Slavia side who were soundly beaten in their season opener.
FC Minsk v Dinamo Minsk (Saturday 14:00 GMT)
Week two of the Belarusian Premier League season provides us with the first Minsk derby. FC will be looking to follow up that season-opening victory at newly-promoted Belshina while Dinamo will be keen to get their first points – and goals – on the board after that shock 1-0 loss at home to another of the newly-promoted sides, FK Ruh Brest, last time out. Dinamo have been installed as the favourites despite that opening-day shocker and history is backing up the bookmakers – the visitors are unbeaten in the last 14 Minsk derbies, winning 10 of them. That run should continue here and it could be another derby day victory that comes along with a clean sheet.
FK Gorodeya v Shakhter Soligorsk (Saturday 16:00 GMT)
Shakhter Soligorsk were top-three finishes in the Belarusian Premier League last season, so it was somewhat surprising that they opened with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Torpedo Zhodino a week ago. They will be eager to bounce back quickly and they should do just that even though they are heading out on the road. Shakhter are unbeaten in nine competitive meetings with FK Gorodeya and three of their last four visits have ended in 1-0 wins for the visitors. We may well see more of the same here as Shakhter Soligorsk kick-start their campaign.
Neman Grodno v FC Vitebsk (Sunday 16:00 BST)
The weekend’s Belarusia Premier League live streaming wraps up on Sunday evening when two of last season’s strugglers go head-to-head. Another season of struggle appears to be on the cards for Neman Grodno after last weekend’s loss at Isloch, but Vitebsk will be feeling pretty good about themselves right now after that they began their campaign with a fine home win over a Shakhter Soligorsk side who finished third last season. It would be foolish to get carried away by that win for Vitebsk, but I do believe that they are good value to build on those three points with another one here. Five of the last eight meetings between these two clubs have ended in a draw and history could repeat itself here.