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Bakic (33'), Umarov (40'), Twe (44')
Mawatu (76')
Yudchits (56')
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Carioca (8'), Nicolaescu (42' pen.), Cesar (90+4')
Carioca (9'), Skitov (28'), Nicolaescu (71'), Ksenofontov (90+4')

Preview: Energetik-BGU vs. Vitebsk - prediction, form guide, head to head

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Belarusian top-flight clash between Energetik-BGU and Vitebsk, including predictions, form guide and head-to-head records.

Energetik-BGU play host to Vitebsk on Sunday afternoon knowing that a fifth successive victory will take them to the top of the Belarusian top flight, at least for a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, Vitebsk make the trip to the ‎RCOR-BGU Stadium having recorded three successive draws, keeping the club down in eighth position.


Match preview

Isloch and Vitebsk players in action in the Belarusian Premier League on April 26, 2020© Reuters

After three defeats in a row, Energetik went into May primarily looking to get their season back on track, most likely being content with maintaining a place in the top half of the table.

However, recording four consecutive wins has left the Students as the strongest challengers to BATE Borisov, who sit just one point above them and play at a later kickoff time on Sunday.

Vladimir Belyavskiy, in charge of a team who finished in 12th place last season, will want to take full advantage of seeing his team sit at the top of the standings, regardless of whether that changes later in the day.

Given that their last three triumphs have been by 2-1 margins, there is every suggestion that Energetik have the character to extend their recent run.

That said, four of their most recent eight goals have come from the penalty spot, a statistic which will not have gone unnoticed by their upcoming opponents.

Vitebsk had been one of the early pacesetters, winning three of their first five games, but they are now without success since April 18.

Although they have recorded a goalless draw with in-form Shakhtyor Soligorsk in recent weeks, Sergey Yasinsky will be the first to admit that his team need a catalyst to get their campaign back on track.

Having conceded just two goals in three games, Yasinsky will be delighted with the defensive aspect of their game, but that leaves pressure at the other end of the pitch.

Vitebsk are seemingly reliant on top goalscorer Ion Nicolaescu, whose four goals have come from just seven appearances after a spell on the sidelines.

Energetik-BGU form: LLWWWW

Vitebsk form: WLLDDD


Head To Head

Sunday's clash will represent just the seventh between these clubs since 2002, with last season's double-header ending a 15-year wait for their next head-to-head.

Although Vitebsk have won four of the previous six encounters, Energetik prevailed by a 2-0 scoreline in the most recent meeting in October.


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We say: Energetik-BGU 2-1 Vitebsk

While Vitebsk may benefit from not being under any real pressure when taking on Energetik, we still expect the home side to come through. Nevertheless, given the growing trend of 2-1 victories, do not be surprised to see a fourth in succession.



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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

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· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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