Friday 29 Jun

Luch Minsk vs BATE Borisov - Match Preview

28 Jun 2018 Ed Mackey BELARUS: Vysshaya League
BELARUS: Vysshaya League

Luch Minsk

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L


15:45 GMT
29 June 2018

FC BATE Borisov

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

15:45 GMT 29 June 2018

The World Cup is currently taking over across the globe but it must be remembered that there are other fixtures taking place in other countries. Belarus is one of those and Luch Minsk play host to BATE Borisov on Friday afternoon in a clash involving teams at both ends of the table.


  • Luch Minsk have struggled to get to grips with top-flight football this term and currently sit second bottom in the Belarusian Premier League. The relegation-threatened side are without a win in seven league matches with their last three points coming at the beginning of May. They were beaten 3-1 at home by Torpedo BelAZ last time out.
  • BATE look very good to retain their title with 10 wins from their opening 13 matches. They have dropped points in just three games, all of which have come in the last five fixtures where they have won just twice. Two points were dropped in their last game in a goalless draw against Shakhtyor, their lead at the top of the league has been reduced to four points.
  • Luch Minsk’s failure to score so far this season has been one of the main reasons for their struggle. Their leading scorer is Roman Gribovski with just three goals.
  • BATE have managed to find three regular suppliers of goals in their opening sequence of games. Mirko Ivanic, Nikolay Signevich and Igor Stasevich all have four goals so far.


With Luch Minsk playing their first campaign in the Premier League since their reformation in 2012, there are no previous fixtures between these two sides. However, the home side will be able to take some confidence from the fact that the only side to beat BATE in the league this term is the side below them in the table, Gorodeya. Although, the minnows have only picked up two wins against two sides that are also in the bottom half.


While it’s very hard to imagine, a positive result for the hosts could take them into 11th, putting four teams between themselves and the relegation zone.

Latest matches: Luch Minsk

24.06.2018 Vyss Luch Minsk Torpedo-BelAZ 1:3 L
17.06.2018 Vyss FC Shakhter Soligorsk Luch Minsk 4:0 L
11.06.2018 Vyss Luch Minsk FC Neman Grodno 1:2 L
02.06.2018 Vyss FC Gomel Luch Minsk 1:0 L
27.05.2018 Vyss Luch Minsk FC Gorodeya 1:1 D


After dropping points in a few of their recent matches, it’s important that BATE get fully back on track with a win on Friday as their lead at the top could be reduced to just a point by the end of the weekend if they lose.

Latest matches: FC BATE Borisov

24.06.2018 Vyss FC BATE Borisov FC Shakhter Soligorsk 0:0 D
17.06.2018 Vyss FC Neman Grodno FC BATE Borisov 2:3 W
13.06.2018 Vyss FC BATE Borisov FC Gomel 3:0 W
02.06.2018 Vyss FC Gorodeya FC BATE Borisov 2:1 L
28.05.2018 Vyss FC BATE Borisov FC Isloch 1:1 D


With it being Luch Minsk’s first season in the Belarusian top-flight, expecting them to get a result against BATE is far too much to ask. The visitors could and should win very comfortably despite their recent faults against weaker sides. The difference should shine through and BATE are more than expected to take home all three points.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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