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Why Shakhtyor Soligorsk will win Belarus Premier League in 2017

Everyone knows why Shakhtyor Soligorsk is not a champion. Here's why.

Matches between top three: BATE - 12 points (4 games), Dinamo Mn - 4 (4), Shakhtyor - 1 (4).

Soligorsk do not even think to argue about the fact that they are weaker than BATE and Dinamo. 

Secondly, European Cups. How can you call yourself a champion if you cannot pass even one qualifying round?

But if Shakhtyor wins the title and is knocked out of the Champions League in the very first qualifying round, it has every right for that. It's not Shakhtyor's problem that higher class teams such as BATE and Dinamo Minsk are less successful in the championship this year.

Despite being worse than BATE and Dinamo in head-to-head meetings it's Soligorsk that has the best chances for gold. Here’s why.

Three rounds to the finish, Shakhtyor Soligorsk is three points ahead of Dinamo Minsk and four ahead of BATE. Everything depends on it only.  Soligorsk will not meet any favorites on the way, but will have to play against quite strong Torpedo-BelAZ and Neman, who are fighting for fourth place.  Shakhtyor Soligorsk now has the right for one draw. If, of course, the appeals committee does not return BATE the three points after the goalkeeper Veremko case (non-payment of fines on time).

The remaining matches of title contenders:

Shakhtyor: Naftan (a), Torpedo-BelAZ (h), Neman (a).

Dinamo Mn: Slutsk (h), Krumkachy (h), Vitebsk (a).

BATE: Naftan (h), Torpedo-BelAZ (a), Neman (h), Gorodea (a).

The champion is not the one who defeats BATE and Dinamo in the Belarusian Premier League, but the one who does not give up points in matches against weaker teams such as Krumkachy, Isloch, and Vitebsk... Shakhtyor is by far the best in this respect.

The table does not include personal meetings between favorites: Shakhtyor - 61 points (23 games), Dinamo Mn - 55 (23), BATE - 46 (23).

61 points out of 69 possible! Does not it smell a champion's title?

Shakhtyor Soligorsk is a team with a kind of high self-esteem. Finding their rhythm after defeats against BATE and Dinamo Mn FC Soligorsk did not keep bad thoughts in mind for a long time and immediately made long victorious series.

The only thing that can prevent Shakhtyor from becoming Belarus' champions in 2017 is the habit of releasing "the caught bird" from their own hands in an extraordinarily ridiculous way.

Photo: Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Why Shakhtyor Soligorsk will win Belarus Premier League in 2017