Vitebsk hosts Smolevichi in Round 3 of the Vysshaya League.
Vitebsk's only points in the competition were taken at home and that's what the team will try to repeat in round 3. Despite winning in round 1, Vitebsk lost in round 2 against Neman in a game where it was surprising to watch the team's inability to fight for the result. They'll face a team that didn't win yet in the league but got a good result away from home against Brest. Vitebsk is slightly favourite for Sunday's clash but needs to be careful in the details in order to get the victory. Their aggression was easy to see in round 1, which cost them a player for the entire second half, and they must be careful with that if they want to get the three points against Smolevichi.
Smolevichi began the season with a good result as the team got an away draw against current Vysshaya League champions, Brest. However, Smolevichi wasn't able to capitalize that result, conceding a defeat also away from home against Isloch Minsk on round 2. Surely the team has what it takes to get at least a point against Vitebsk and that's what they rely on for Sunday's clash. If they're able to repeat their round 1 performance, they will be a very tough opponent to beat.
We expect an even match between two sides very close in terms of squad talent. Vitebsk has a slight advantage as they play at home but Smolevichi already showed their toughness playing away from home.
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