Kick-off: Thursday, 24 March @17:00 GMT
Venue: A. Le Coq Arena (Talinn)
Head to head record
Armenia vs Belarus 1-2 (2012 International Friendly)
Belarus vs Armenia 1-2 (2008 International Friendly)
Armenia vs Belarus 0-0 (2002 World Cup qualifiers)
Belarus vs Armenia 2-1 (2002 World Cup qualifiers)
Armenia vs Belarus prediction
Friday’s match at Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht pits together Armenia and Belarus, the two former Soviet republics. The Armenians are on a 13-game winless run at the moment, but the game against the Belarusians could be the turning point for the hosts.
Dreadful winless run
Even though many people expected that Armenia would play an important role in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, the Havakakan finished the process in the last position in the standings, with the team collecting no more than two points from possible 24. The Armenians will not participate at the European Championship finals and they are now fully focused on the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Sargis Hovsepyan’s troops are on a 13-game winless run at the moment and it has to be noted that the team failed to score in previous four games. Friday’s match will be special for veteran goalkeeper roman Berezovsky, who retired from international football last year as he will be paid tribute in the Belarus friendly. As always, all eyes will be on Borussia Dortmund starlet Henrik Mkhitaryan, speaking of the home team. Armenia were struggling at home ground in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and you should bear in mind that they recorded their last win at home back on 11 October, 2013.
Robert Arzumanyan has decided to leave the team, while Yura Movsisyan and Gevorg Ghazaryan have been overlooked. Coach Sargis Hovsepyan has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Belarus.
Signs of improvement
Belarus failed to book their place at the 2016 European Championship finals as well, but the team were producing fine performances in the last three qualifying matches against Luxembourg, Slovakia and Macedonia. The Belarusians managed to keep a clean sheet in each of those three encounter and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Friday’s game against Armenia. Coach Aleksandr Khatskevich has called up 23 players for the friendly against the Armenians and Sergey Kornilenko of Samara is the only attacker in the team. The experienced attacker is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors and it has to be noted that he scored two goals for the national team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Former Barcelona ace Aliaksandr Hleb will miss the match and it remains to be seen if he will be sorely missed in Friday’s match.
Aliaksandr Hleb has been left out of the squad, while Sergey Kornilenko returns to the squad after missing the Macedonia friendly. The likes of Gordeyvchuk and Signevich are out of contention as well.
- Armenia are on a 13-game winless run ahead of the visit of Belarus
- Armenians failed to score in previous four games
- Henrik Mkhitaryan scored only one goal for the team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers
- Belarus are after their fourth consecutive clean sheet
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in Belarus’ last three matches
Armenia vs Belarus betting tip
Armenia are desperate to put an end to the negative trend and they will not have better chance than this to start a new winning run on the international stage. Belarus head into Friday’s game with a severely-weakened squad and, taking everything into account, there is a certain value in betting on the hosts. Armenia are after their second ever win over Belarus.
Tip: Armenia to win
Odds: 2.30 (13/10) @Unibet
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