Krylya Sovetov vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Russia – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara.
Believe it or not, the reigning champions failed to score a single goal in three games at the start of the new season.
Parovozy did not concede loads either (just one), but the fact they took only two points from three games is enough to ring for the alarm bells if the team is to get engaged in the title contest later on.
Can such a dreadful spell of form come to an end for Yury Semin and his men on Sunday when they travel to Samara to take on league newcomers Krylya Sovetov?
The hosts held the likes of CSKA Moscow to a goalless draw on the opening day only to suffer a disastrous 0-3 defeat to the likes of Orenburg in the second round.
Nevertheless, the string of strange results continued last Saturday when they saw off Rostov 0-1 on the road to pick up their maiden victory in the top flight of the Russian football this season.
Krylya Sovetov vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Head-to-head
These two sides played each other in the early stages of the Russian Cup last year and, surprisingly, it was Krylya Sovetov who came on top 3-2 after extra-time.
Loko were the more successful outfit over the course of history, though, winning 14 and losing only 6 of 26 H2H matches with Perya.
Three or more goals were scored in each of last three H2H games, while the H2H tie is matches in Samara is levelled at five wins apiece.
Krylya Sovetov vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Prediction
Lokomotiv Moscow have a star studded line-up packed with players who represented the national team at the World Cup this summer.
They will start producing up front sooner or later and we believe the trip to Samara might just be the place for a positive thread to begin, knowing that the hosts conceded three goals to the likes of Orenburg in their previous home clash.
Given that Lokomotiv’s defensive line looked pretty solid so far in the season, we will also back the visitors to keep a clean sheet at the 2.10 odds.
Krylya Sovetov vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Bet Tips
Lokomotiv Moscow to win @ 2.10 (11/10)
Lokomotiv Moscow to keep a clean sheet @ 2.10 (11/10).