CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow
Russian Premier League
Date: Saturday, 12th August 2017
Kick-off at 15:30 UK / 16:30 CET
Venue: Arena CSKA, Moscow.
CSKA and Spartak will collide in Main Moscow Derby, one of the greatest derbies in Russian football. The visitors have had the upper hand in the league last season, although currently, CSKA sits ahead of Spartak as the competition in Russia is huge.
After five games played, CSKA have collected 9 pts from three victories and two draws. The 1-2 home defeat from Rubin Kazan was forgotten as CSKA beat Tosno on the road with the same result.
CSKA were firmer on the road so far than in Moscow, but in derbies, the form won’t matter too much. The hosts need to improve in the defensive part as they already allowed seven goals from five outings.
The reigning champions endured the embarrassing 5-1 defeat in St. Petersburg last week from Mancini’s Zenit. Alike their local rivals, they bounced back immediately with a victory. Spartak are yet to win an away game this season after three attempts.
This season, Spartak will compete in UEFA Champions League and their squad does not seem adequate to compete equally in two major competitions.
The visitors will have several absentees as Adriano, Zobnin and Davydov are out.
CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
The two rivals haven’t drawn a match since 2013. Spartak won the last two outings, but CSKA won three consecutive games before.
CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
The forthcoming derby match could determine the season for any of the two sides. A winner will get a huge confidence boost, while the loser would get the opposite. Both sides are likely to start with a careful approach, but once the goal is scored we will see a high-tempo match with paced attacks and lot of chances.
CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Over 2.5 goals at the odds of 1.85.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Spartak Moscow to win from behind at the odds of 11.00.