After six rounds of pulsating action, the finalists of the Belarus Cup are finally known, and on Sunday May 24 it is league leaders BATE Borisov who will tackle Dinamo Brest in Minsk for the chance to lift the trophy.
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Who will lift the trophy?
It would be fair to say that whoever does go on to win the Belarus Cup will have done so the hard way!
Dinamo Brest needed penalties to overcome Isloch in the last eight before playing their part in an incredible semi-final with Shakhtar Soligorsk. Brest led 2-0 from the first leg but Shakhtar roared back on home soil, scoring four times in a pulsating second leg. The visitors netted twice, however, to reach the final on the away goals rule.
BATE Borisov had to overcome a first leg deficit to Slavia Mozyr in their semi-final, but they showed their class in the second to make the final 2-1 on aggregate. They are the favourites to lift the trophy according to Royal Panda’s betting odds, but can Dinamo Brest pull off another miraculous victory?
History books suggest close final
Both of these teams have plenty of history in the Belarus Cup, and the final has been a historically close-fought affair. Dinamo Brest lifted the trophy in both 2017 and 2018, and in three final appearances they are yet to taste defeat.
But nobody has appeared in more Belarus Cup finals than BATE Borisov, who won in 2006, 2010 and 2015 but who have also lost in five finals since 2002 – the most recent when they were on the wrong end of a 1-2 defeat to Dinamo Brest.
There is so much on the line in the Belarus Cup final that it’s little surprise that these matches have tended to be close and conservative affairs. Eight of the last sixteen editions of this game have gone to extra time and/or penalties, and of the other eight a quartet have been won by a single goal margin.
League form is a handy guide
If we take the form shown in the Belarus Premier League as our guiding force, then betting on BATE Borisov to get revenge for their 2018 defeat might be the smartest selection.
They currently top the standings having won six of their nine matches to date, and they head into this final on the back of a run of five wins in six outings. They’ve blitzed 19 goals too – at least four more than the rest of the division.
As for Dinamo Brest, inconsistency is the watchword. Their formline reads W4 D1 L4, and most worryingly for them they have kept just a solitary clean sheet in their last half-dozen games.
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