Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 26 May 2019
Kick-Off 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar (Krasnodar).
The final Matchday of the 2018/19 Russian Premier League season will bring drama in the battle for the second-position finish and a place in the Champions League group phase next season.
Krasnodar moved lock on points with second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow thanks to impressive back-to-back wins over Yenisey and Arsenal Tula in last two rounds.
However, Byki will have to rely on Ufa (third from bottom) not to lose their last round fixture away at Lokomotiv Moscow given Krasnodar have a weaker head to head record (number of away goals was decisive factor).
Beating mid-table and non-motivated Rubin Kazan side on Sunday should really not be too big of a challenge for the red-hot hosts.
But, will the victory be enough to push them directly into the group stage of the most prestigious continental competition?
Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan: Head-to-head
Krasnodar were the dominant force in the history of this match-up.
Byki were much more successful in H2H games on the home patch where they won six and drew one of seven meetings with Rubin Kazan.
However, Volzhane came on top when teams locked horns at the start of the season (in late-July last year).
Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan: Predictions
This should really be a one-sided contest from the very first minute. First of all, Rubin Kazan have nothing to play for here.
Secondly, they have been struggling badly for goals recently. The visitors lost 4-0 away at Lokomotiv Moscow and failed to break the deadlock past relegated Anzhi side on Monday evening.
Volzhane only scored three goals in six away matches in the league this year (four losses and two draws in the process). They have nothing to hope for against a side which won three of last four Premier League outings conceding just once along the way.
The home win here is definitely one of the biggest bankers of the day, but we will be brave enough and back Krasnodar to win by at least two goals difference as the main betting option.
Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan: Bet Tips
Krasnodar to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.10 (11/10)
HT/FT Krasnodar/Krasnodar @ 1.95 (19/20).