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  1. The next round of Belarus Premier League matches are up this weekend. Take a look at the odds and ratings above then get involved in what has fast become one of the most popular leagues in the history of Punters Lounge. That may or may not be an exaggeration!
  2. The Portuguese Primeira Liga returns this week and we've got the odds and ratings for the matches coming up. Take a look and give us your predictions for these matches!
  3. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the Bundesliga I and II matches that are coming up this week. Give your predictions for the games below!
  4. Paderborn vs Borussia Dortmund The final game in the Bundesliga today comes from the Benteler-Arena at 6pm BST when relegation battling Paderborn face title-chasing Borussia Dortmund. Everything here would hint at an away side securing a solid victory. The home team are huge underdogs and the lack of a home crowd to spur them on is a big blow. Is there anything to suggest we could have a giant-killing on our hands against the odds though? Paderborn sit bottom of the German top flight on just 19 points and hope of a miracle escape is fading with every passing week. Manager Steffen Baumgart is clearly doing as well as he can with the resources at his disposal. On one hand, you can say that the team is undefeated since they returned from the suspension but on the other hand it's been 3 draws so they also haven't won in that time making it 9 league games in a row without a win. The club is now 9 points adrift of safety with 8 games left to play. It's not looking good. Borussia Dortmund saw their title chances take a blow in midweek with the 1-0 home loss to Bayern Munich. The league leaders secured a solid win again yesterday to stretch their lead at the top so Lucien Favre's side must now turn their attention to who is creeping up behind them and secure their place in the Champions League qualification positions as soon as possible. The defeat to Bayern Munich brought to an end a winning run of 6 league games which had seen the team keep 5 clean sheets. I expect them to return to that sort of form here. Yes, Paderborn have developed the ability to make themselves hard to beat. However, you look at the teams they've played since returning to action in Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hoffenheim, and Augsburg and you can't help but feel if they can't win any of those games then what hope do they have here? Borussia Dortmund will be hurting and be keen to hit back hard. I fear this could be embarrassing for the home side. Borussia Dortmund HT/FT @ 1.91 with BetVictor Borussia Dortmund to Win to Nil @ 2.30 with Bet365
  5. Borussia Monchengladbach vs Union Berlin The Bundesliga delivers two games today with the first of those kicking off at 2:30pm BST when Borussia Monchengladbach host Union Berlin at Borussia-Park. Can the home side continue to put pressure on the teams vying for the Champions League qualification spots or will an out-of-form away side be able to find something deep down to cause a shock result? Borussia Monchengladbach have an opportunity to move back into the top four of the German top flight by winning this game. Manager Marco Rose has become one of the hottest properties in European football due to his performances with this team and, previously, RB Salzburg, and guiding this team to 5th in the table. The side's results haven't been overly impressive since they returned having only won 1 of their 3 league games. The 3-1 defeat at home to European qualification rivals Bayer Leverkusen was a particular sting. However, things could get back on track with a victory in this game. Having won 9 of their last 12 league games at home the players should have confidence they can win here. Union Berlin had been looking good to secure their top flight status before the suspension set in. The break has clearly done Urs Fischer and his players no favours at all. The team has drawn 1 and lost 2 of its 3 league games since returning. This has seen the club drop to 13th in the table and just 4 points above the relegation play-off zone. Bottoms are beginning to twitch in the capital city. The ray of hope is that Union Berlin have managed to score in 9 of their 11 away league games. If the defence can stay tight then they have a chance. Both teams have scored in 12 of the 14 home matches that Borussia Monchengladbach have played this season. When you combine that statistic with the fact that Union Berlin aren't shy in front of goal on their travels then you get the impression this could be a humdinger of a game. I can still see the home team taking all 3 points but I wouldn't be surprised to see an end-to-end encounter with the away team giving as good as they get. Borussia Monchengladbach to Win and BTTS @ 3.10 with Bet365 Borussia Monchengladbach HT/FT @ 2.35 with Coral
  6. Ruh Brest vs Dynamo Brest The final game of proceedings in the Belarus Premier League throws up the Brest derby. Ruh Brest host Dynamo Brest in a 6pm BST kick-off coming live from the DASK Brestskiy Stadium. It is often said that form goes out of the window in a derby game but will that be the case here with the absence of fans as games continue to be played behind closed doors? Ruh Brest currently sit in 8th place and are one of the division's form sides right now. It's now 7 games unbeaten for Aleksandr Sednyov's men. The only problem being that only 2 of those games have ended in victories. Drawing games is the problem and it's held this squad back from being positioned even further up the table. Even winning 2 of those 5 drawn games would have seen the club in 5th place. Cautious play is certainly one of the criticisms facing this team with them only managing to score more than one goal in just 1 of their 10 league games so far. Dynamo Brest know this game will be a tough challenge but they'll be thanking their lucky stars that the fans are being kept away. What could potentially have been a daunting and hostile atmosphere is more subdued and could play into their hands. Syarhey Kavalchuk and his players are in 11th place and just 3 points above the relegation play-off position. The potential negative ramifications of a loss here could be huge. It's now back-to-back defeats in the league and another one here could be massively detrimental. If I was to base my pick on the form book alone then I'd have to back Ruh Brest to get something from this game. However, there's a little more at play here. I am really concerned about Ruh Brest's attacking weaknesses. If you're struggling to score more than one goal in a game then it puts huge pressure on your defence. It might have held so far for Ruh Brest but it won't last forever. Dynamo Brest have the attacking prowess that can breach their opponents back-line and I think this could be the game where the better attack takes the victory. Dynamo Brest to Win @ 2.00 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.75 with Bet365
  7. BATE Borisov vs Isloch One of the most intriguing games of the season so far is set to kick-off at 4pm BST today when league leaders BATE Borisov host the unpredictable Isloch at the Borisov Arena. Will this be a run-of-the-mill win for the in-form side in the Belarus Premier League or will a stuttering visiting team be able to find something deep to cause one of the shock results of the league campaign to date? BATE Borisov look too hot to handle right now. Kirill Alshevsky has led his team to an unbeaten run of 9 matches in all competitions including winning their last 7 in a row. The Belarus Cup Final win over Dynamo Brest last weekend saw another trophy added to the club cabinet. The team sits proudly on top of the Belarusian top flight with a 1 point advantage over 2nd placed Torpedo Zhodino with a game in hand. It's hard to see anyone getting close to them at the moment. Isloch had looked like they might be a surprise package this season but results have simmered out recently. Vitaliy Zhukovsky has witnessed his team struggle for consistency all season. It has now been two defeats in a row and even though a 1-0 loss away to Dinamo Minsk and a 2-1 defeat at home to Energetik-BGU might not have been completely unexpected it's still two league games lost in a row and that can have a hit on the mentality of the team. It's also 3 defeats in their last 4 league games having failed to scored in 2 of those games. Unless that attacking impotency is addressed in a big way then I can't see them troubling their hosts today. If you're talking about games that will end in a business-like victory for one side then this is it. A 2-0 score-line sticks out for me in this one with BATE Borisov in the sort of form that gives you confidence backing them. Isloch might put up a fight but I get the impression that their self-belief has taken a knock. Teams can't afford to be at a loss of anything coming into a game like this. BATE should seal a comfortable and solid win. BATE Borisov -1 @ 1.95 with SportNation Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.67 with William Hill
  8. Energetik-BGU vs Vitebsk There are three Belarus Premier League matches taking place today and the first of those is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm BST this afternoon when Energetik-BGU welcome Vitebsk to Haradski Stadium. This is a game the home side will want to win to allow them to move to the top of the table, albeit temporarily, against an away side that are starting to look over their shoulders after a poor run of results. Energetik-BGU come into this match in 3rd place after Torpedo Zhodino's win yesterday. Vladimir Belyavskiy's men are only 1 point off the pace of league leaders BATE Borisov and with BATE not playing until later on this is a big chance to take the top place in the league. This team has now won 4 league games on the bounce and momentum is building very positively. There has been no lack of confidence in front of goal either with the team scoring two goals in each of those matches. Having won 3 of their 4 home league games this season it's easy to see why the players might feel this game is theirs for the taking. Vitebsk can't say their spirits are as high as their opponents ahead of this game. Sergey Yasinsky's side are in 10th place and now just 3 points above the relegation play-off position after a torrid run of 5 league games without a win. Just 1 win from their 5 away league games only adds to the misery. The 3 consecutive draws that the team has managed to grind out suggests that they're becoming a tough team to break down but this is a different proposition here today. I can't see past a home win. This league has been notorious for throwing up some curveballs with results but this is a classic case of a team in the ascendancy playing at home against a team that is faltering on the road. The ELO ratings depict that it's not as cut and dry as we might think with a slight edge being given to the away side but I have to back the home win. Energetik-BGU to Win @ 2.05 with Bet365 BTTS @ 1.95 with Boylesports
  9. Dinamo Minsk vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk The second game in the Belarus Premier League today is the 5pm BST kick-off between Dinamo Minsk and Shakhtyor Soligorsk at the Dinamo Stadium. This will be a game between two sides that will both feel they can come into this encounter and walk away with all 3 points. It's a tough one to call but let's take a look and see if either side has a slight edge coming into this game. Dinamo Minsk are starting to settle down under Leonid Kuchuk. A dodgy patch a couple of weeks back has been stabilised with a 1-0 win at home over Isloch followed by a 1-1 draw away to Vitebsk last week. Scoring goals remains an issue for this Dinamo side with an average of 1 goal per game scored over their last 4 league matches. The jury does still remain out on this team this season though. It's still just 1 win from their last 4 league games so they need to start putting some results together if they want to climb higher than their current league position of 11th place. Shakhtyor Soligorsk are arguably the team in the best form in the Belarusian top flight right now. 5 wins from their last 6 matches in all competitions including 4 consecutive clean sheets in the league has seen the team rise to 4th in the table and just 4 points behind league leaders BATE Borisov. Shakhtyor haven't conceded a league goal on the road so far this season. It shows how effectively they set up on their travels and immediately sets the alarms bells ringing that this could be a little bit of a laborious affair. Do not expect goals in this game. I repeat. Do not expect goals! Dinamo Minsk are struggling to get goals themselves at the moment and Shakhtyor Soligorsk are quite cautious on the road so I wouldn't be surprised if this ended 0-0. The odd goal might divide them but I think if I had to put money on it I don't think either side would be disappointed in a low-scoring draw. Draw @ 3.25 with SpreadEx Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.65 with Bet365
  10. Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Dusseldorf The final game in the Bundesliga today comes in the 5:30pm BST kick-off at the Allianz Arena where Bayern Munich will look to consolidate their lead at the top of the league table against a Fortuna Dusseldorf side that are struggling to keep their survival hopes alive in the top flight of German football. All the signs point towards a convincing home win but will that be the case? Bayern Munich have been immaculate since they returned to action this month. Hans-Dieter Flick has seen his team win all three of their league games since coming back from the coronavirus suspension. The 1-0 win away to Borussia Dortmund in midweek allowed the club to extend their lead at the top of the table to 7 points with rivals RB Leipzig also dropping points. It's now 7 league games unbeaten for Bayern including 6 wins and 4 clean sheets from their last 5 league matches. It's hard to see anyone stopping them now. Fortuna Dusseldorf are down in 16th place and currently occupy the relegation play-off place. Uwe Rosler has managed to galvanise his team and build a run of 6 league games undefeated and the 2-1 win over Schalke in midweek answered any questions that were thrown at this squad about whether they could turn draws into wins. The fact remains that this side has drawn 6 of their last 9 league games but they're proving hard to beat. They're now just 1 point off safety and are unbeaten in their last 4 away league games. One factor that could be Fortuna Dusseldorf's undoing here is that they struggle to keep clean sheets on the road having only managed it once in the league this season. Bayern Munich are free-scoring under Flick and I can't see the visitors scoring more than one goal... if any! This should be a standard Bayern win that enables them to take another big step towards retaining their league title. Bayern Munich -2 @ 1.7 with Boylesports Robert Lewandowski to Score 2 or More Goals @ 2.20 with BetVictor
  11. Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt The final preview of the 2:30pm BST kick-offs in the Bundesliga this afternoon is the Wolfsburg versus Eintracht Frankfurt game that will be coming live from the Volkswagen Arena. The home side have enjoyed more positive than negative results so far since the return and they play an away side that are really struggling to adapt to the intensity of league football once again. Wolfsburg come into this game in 6th place and head coach Oliver Glasner will now have his team focused on doing everything they can to bridge the gap between themselves and 5th placed Borussia Monchengladbach. 2 wins from their 3 league games since the return to action has been an encouraging start. The only defeat being what was an anticipated defeat to Borussia Dortmund. This run of results has stretched their decent streak to just 1 loss in their last 9 league games but they've only kept two clean sheets in their last 16 matches. Eintracht Frankfurt weren't exactly flying before the break but three games without a win since their return to playing has seen Adi Hutter's men fall to 14th in the table and just 2 points above the relegation play-off spot. The pressure is indeed cranking up on this side that have become accustomed to European football over the past couple of seasons so relegation seems an unreal prospect. Defensive issues plague this team with the club having conceded an average of 3.33 goals in their last 6 league games. OK, so we can establish that goals are likely to fly in during this game. Neither side is defensively sound at the moment. It's hard to find the confidence to back Eintracht Frankfurt to get anything from this game. They did well to come back from 3-1 down with just 11 minutes left in midweek to draw 3-3 against Freiburg but they will face tougher opposition here. I think Wolfsburg will take some stopping and I simply have to back the home side to win. Wolfsburg to Win @ 1.98 with VBet Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.67 with Gentingbet
  12. Schalke vs Werder Bremen The next Bundesliga game in line for our previews is another 2:30pm BST kick-off. This time it's the match-up between Schalke and Werder Bremen that is set to take place at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Neither side has really enjoyed the best of starts to their return to league action with both sides only managing to pick up one win between them over the past three rounds. Schalke appear to not have got the memo that the season has restarted in the German top flight. I'm not sure what David Wagner's men have been doing during lockdown but it seems they've left their footballing abilities at home. Three straight defeats since their return to action has seen the club drop to 9th in the table and having previously looked nailed on for European qualification this season they are now 5 points adrift of the last Europa League qualification spot. 9 goals conceded and just 1 scored during those 3 matches shows that Wagner's problems are present at both ends of the pitch. Werder Bremen were looking in deep trouble when the season restarted but there are signs of hope for Florian Kohfeldt's team. Just 1 loss in their last 4 league games shows results are improving and it's now over 192 minutes of league football action since the team conceded its last goal. The club remains 6 points adrift of safety in 17th place but they have this game in hand. Win this one and suddenly things are looking a lot rosier. Funnily enough, away form isn't an issue for Werder with 16 of their 22 points earned so far coming on the road. I didn't think I'd be saying this three weeks ago as the teams prepared to come back but I feel I have to back Werder Bremen to get something in this game. Schalke look, quite frankly, dreadful at the moment. I'm not sure what went wrong in lockdown preparation but the team looks so far off the standards they set earlier in the season. I think I actually have to be shrewd here and back the away side to get something here. Draw @ 3.40 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.80 with VBet