Krasnodar vs Spartak Moscow
Russia – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar, Krasnodar.
Luiz Adriano killed Spartak’s hopes of making it to the Champions League group phase by getting sent off right after the half-hour mark of the reverse fixture of their third round tie against Greek PAOK.
Narodnaya Komanda never recovered from it as they failed to break the deadlock until the very end of the game, meaning the first leg score (3-2 for PAOK) determined the passenger to the UCL play-offs.
Massimo Carrera’s men will thus continue the domestic campaign low on confidence as they travel to Krasnodar to try and raise the spirits in the dressing room after such failure in the continental competition.
The timing for such a tough away fixture could have certainly been much better for Spartak who are about to face a serious test in Murad Musaev’s squad here.
Krasnodar vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
Spartak dominated this match-up historically as they lead the head to head tie by eight wins coming into 18th encounter with Krasnodar.
Narodnaya Komanda bagged two or more goals in all of last four meetings with Krasnodar and they stormed past the Bulls in both of last term clashes (1-4 and 2-0).
Interestingly, Spartak won 7 of 9 away games with the Bulls.
Krasnodar vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
The hosts opened the season with a 2-1 loss away at Rubin Kazan, but they bounced back with straight victories away at Ural and Ufa, conceding just once in the process. They will clearly be the side to enter the game in higher spirits.
However, Carrera’s troops also have reasons to hope for the bets here as they are yet to concede a goal after three rounds in the domestic league. Narodnaya Komanda took seven points in spite of the fact they only scored two goals along the way.
Based on everything written above, we doubt the visitors will continue to be dominant in H2H clashes with Krasnodar.
Both teams were very tough to break down in most recent outings which makes the Under 2.5 goals the best betting option here, set at the odds of 1.75. Braver punters can shoot for the draw at 3.25.
Krasnodar vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75
Draw @ 3.25.