The Belarusian Premier League will take place this weekend, although most major leagues around the world are banned.
Few would be surprised if the planned return flight dates, in many cases at the beginning of May, were pushed back by the top leagues. In Belgium the current season ended prematurely and Club Brugge was crowned champion, while the non-league season in England was declared null and void.
But at least for now, the top Belarusian group is active and is enjoying "unprecedented" global attention. Reuters reports that the country's football association has signed broadcasting agreements in 10 countries. They quote the Ukrainian sports producer Viktor Samoilenko: “We didn't expect them to have a decent league there. We didn't know that before because we didn't show the games. "
Belarusian Premier League matches this weekend
- Belshina v Gorodeya (3pm UK time)
- Dinamo Minsk v Torpedo BelAZ (5 p.m. UK time)
- Shakhtyor vs. Neman Grodno (1:30 p.m. UK time)
- BATE vs. Ruh Brest (3pm UK time)
- Dinamo Brest v Slavia (5:30 p.m. UK time)
- Energetyk BGU v Minsk (12 noon British time)
- Vitebsk v Smolevichy-STI (2 p.m. UK time)
- Isloch v Slutsk (4 p.m. British time)
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Belarusian Premier League teams and players to watch out for
BATE Borisov's continued participation in the group stage of the Champions League and the Europa League should make it known to some viewers. They defeated Arsenal 1-0 last February, and attacker Igor Stasevich did most of the assists throughout the 2018/19 Europa League season (7). Elsewhere, Dynamo Minsk has also faced fierce resistance in the Europa League against Fiorentina and Villarreal.
Perhaps the most surprising element of the new season is that BATE – whose 13-year dominance in the league was ended by Dynamo Brest last season – lost the first two games and conceded five goals.
BATE has won 13 of the last 14 titles and was still in second place last season, but is already six points behind the pace of Minsk, Energetik-BGU, Isloch and Torpedo-BelAZ, all of whom have set 100% records so far . Alyaksey Baha's team will meet Ruh Brest on Saturday afternoon.
Igor Stasevich has provided more assists (7) in the Europa League this season than any other player.
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Most fans from the UK and Europe will see the Belarusian Premier League for the first time, and those looking for a glimpse of former Arsenal star Aleksandr Hleb will be disappointed when he retired late last season.
Although there are no players in the league who are as well known to the British public as Hleb, there are some names to watch out for. For example, former Ajax youth product and Dundee United striker Darko Bodul was one of the most productive strikers in the league at Shakhtyor Soligorsk last year.
Bodul was surpassed by Stanislaw Drahun from BATE. The 31-year-old belongs to a group of Borisov players who, together with Stasevich and Pavel Nyakhaychyk, form the backbone of the Belarusian national team.
As for other and more niche competitions that are still active, games will be played this weekend in both Burundi and Nicaragua, though they will be canceled almost everywhere.
There are also a number of friendly games in Sweden, Estonia and Finland where teams from Allsvenskan and Superettan are still playing non-competitive games despite the late season.
How to live stream
Some of these games, including the Belarusian Premier League games, can be viewed using bet365's streaming service. Here's how:
- Go to bet365 through this link
- Register for an account (this can also earn you up to £ 100 in free bets, although the terms and conditions apply and you must be over 18)
- Make a deposit to unlock the live stream areas of the website
- Go to the live stream section of the website
- Watch your chosen game live
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