Rubin Kazan vs Orenburg
Russian Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11th March 2017
Kick off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: Central’nyj stadion Kazan.
Rubin Kazan’ were off to the poor start to the new Premier League campaign. However, they seem to enter the second part of the season in a much better shape if we are to judge by the pre-season friendlies.
The hosts will certainly be favourites to back up the last weekend’s success and claim the second consecutive win this Saturday when they host the league’s newcomers Orenburg.
Javi Gracia’s men ended the last year in a promising way and they seem to have continued in the same rhythm in 2017. Their main strength is the rock-solid defense since they kept four clean sheets in last five league matches.
This includes the 0-1 victory over Anzhi in the last round. The team also did not concede a single gaol in each of the last three friendly matches before the start of the second part of the season.
The visitors must make a huge job to save the elite class status. They are off to the dream start of the second part of the campaign as they demolished the fellow strugglers Arsenal Tula 3-0 on the home court last weekend.
However, Robert Evdokimov’s men are yet to celebrate the first victory on the road in the elite class. They have six losses and two draws away from home so far in the season.
Rubin Kazan vs Orenburg: Head to head
The two sides have only met each other once in teams’ history following Orenburg’s first ever promotion to the top flight.
Orenburg were minutes away from taking the victory in late August last year at Gazovik Stadium, but Maksim Kanunnikov levelled the score for Rubin in the dying minutes of the game.
Rubin Kazan vs Orenburg: Prediction
We must see the value in backing the home win at 17/20 odds here. It will be everything but an easy task for the hosts, but Rubin have a stronger squad and they have had an amazing pre-season.
We also don’t see the visitors on the score line at all following their poor performances away from home.
Rubin Kazan vs Orenburg: Bet Tips
The first pick is the home win at 1.98 with Unibet.
Rubin Kazan are 2.10 with Bet365 to keep the clean sheet.