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May 31, 2020 at 4pm UK at City Stadium
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Preview: BATE Borisov vs. Isloch - prediction, form guide, head to head

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Belarusian top-flight clash between BATE Borisov and Isloch, including predictions, form guide and head-to-head records.

BATE Borisov head into Sunday's encounter with Isloch knowing that an eighth successive win in all competitions will keep the club at the top of the Belarusian top flight.

Despite suffering back-to-back defeats, Isloch sit in sixth position after 10 games, seven points adrift of their hosts.

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Isloch players celebrate in April 2020© Reuters

Having missed out on the league title last season, BATE seemingly felt the pressure last weekend when struggling to get over the line in the cup final against Dinamo Brest.

Only a dramatic last-gasp winner in extra time from Zakhar Volkov secured another piece of silverware for BATE, but the manner of the success will at least mean that complacency will no longer be an issue going forward.

In the league, Kirill Alshevsky has watched his team score 18 goals from half-a-dozen outings, strikes which have been shared around the squad.

Despite netting six more times than any other team in the division, no player has contributed more than four times, a statistic which Alshevsky will perceive to be positive more so than negative.

Nemanja Milic has been the star man in recent games, netting each of his goals in BATE's last three top-flight matches.

Although Isloch are clear underdogs heading into this meeting, that may suit Vitaly Zhukovsky's team as they look to get back to winning ways.

While successive setbacks are not ideal, their last defeat came by a 2-1 scoreline to high-flying Energetik-BGU, who required a last-minute goal to seal their fourth win in a row.

That suggests that Isloch are not too far away from the level required to remain in the upper echelons of this division, something which will be put to the test in the toughest game on their schedule.

However, Isloch are yet to record a single point on their travels since the beginning of the campaign, netting just once from three fixtures.

BATE Borisov form: WWWWWW

Isloch form: WWLWLL

Head To Head

Since July 2016, these two teams have met as many as 13 times, with BATE recording seven wins and three draws in all competitions.

However, in stark contrast to the historical figures as a whole, Isloch are on a five-match unbeaten streak against the nation's most successful team.

The last campaign's corresponding fixture, held in November, ended in a 4-2 triumph for the visitors.

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We say: BATE Borisov 3-1 Isloch

Everything points to BATE recording yet another victory this weekend. Although they required extra time to win the domestic cup, that near failure will rid the team of any complacency heading into this contest, potentially spelling trouble for the visitors.

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Friday's key events

· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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