CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: VEB Arena (Moscow).
It’s all set for the Main Moscow derby as CSKS will meet Spartak in a mouth-watering clash at VEB Arena this Sunday.
The host made a rather slower start to the new season, but managed to raise the spirits with impressive back-to-back wins over Ural and Ufa. They now sit fifth in the league ladder, being just two points shy of bitter city rivals Spartak coming into this match.
Narodnaya Komanda began the season in a decent fashion in spite a well congested schedule which required the Saturday-Wednesday tempo. The team led by Massimo Carrera could not make a big step in the Champions League, falling to Greek PAOK in the third qualifying round (3-2 on aggregate). Fatigue seems to have overtaken their players whose form has seen a massive slide of late. The visitors will come into this in much lower spirits after losing last two games to Akhmat Grozny (1-2 in Premier League) and Rapid Vienna (2-0 in Europa League).
CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
CSKS were much better in the most recent history of head to head encounters with Narodnaya Komanda.
The hosts won 20, drew 6 and lost 8 of last 34 encounters with Sparta k Moscow.
Nevertheless, teams picked up a win apiece in the previous term of Premier League.
Three or more goals were seen in all of past four Main Moscow derbies.
CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
Armeitsy will come into the derby in much higher spirits and we have to see them favourites to grab the spoils here and overtake their fierce local rivals in the third place. Fedor Chalov was the man who inspired CSKA’s most recent successes. He bagged as many as seven goals in last six appearances in all competitions.
The Russian forward was on target in the 2-2 draw to Viktoria Plzen at the start of the Champions League group stage. You can back him to bring such form into derby and score anytime past the struggling defense of Spartak’s at 2.62 odds.
The home win is well worth backing at the 2.40 odds. Since Spartak scored just one goal in last three games across competitions, we will alternatively back Armeitsy to keep a clean sheet at 2.40 odds.
CSKA Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
• CSKA Moscow to win @ 2.40 (7/5)
• CSKA Moscow to keep a clean sheet @ 2.40 (7/5).