Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Preview and Predictions

Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow
Russia Super Cup
Date: Friday, 27 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Stadion Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhniy Novgorod.

World Cup came to an end two weeks ago, but the new season on the Russian soil is just around the corner as Lokomotiv and CSKA are set to open the curtain in the huge Moscow derby of the Super Cup final.

Parovozy enjoyed a thrilling campaign in the previous term of Russian league, winning it by a two-point margin, just ahead of CSKA at the end of the season. If you are wondering why Armeitsy play the Super Cup final, it’s because the shocking Cup winners Tosno were dissolved after suffering the relegation to the second tier last year.

Russian Cup brought some truly weird results last year as main favourites ended the competition in early stages.

Nevertheless, let’s get back to the first official game of the season in Russia. There are obviously no favourites in such matches, especially if you have city rivals taking on each other in the battle for the trophy. Both sides have secured the Champions League group stage by winning top two spots in the domestic league last year and they won’t be in action in qualifications.

Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow: Head-to-head

CSKA Moscow lead the head to head tie by five wins.

Teams snatched a win, draw and loss apiece in last three head to head games.

As many as four goals were seen in each of last three H2H meetings.

The city rivals shared spoils in a 2-2 draw when they last met in early-November 2017.

Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction

Teams did not change much during the summer transfer window. Loko were struggling badly to create up front in pre-season friendlies failing to find the back of the net in three straight tests against Osijek, Wolfsberger AC and Vitesse. However, their final check before the official start of the season saw a 1-2 victory over Akhisarspor on Saturday.

CSKA also played hot and cold in the off-season mainly because the head coach Viktor Goncharenko mixed up the squad from game to game. Yet, the Belarusian manager has reasons to be thrilled with how his side looked in a demolishing 4-1 victory over Turkish giants Besiktas two weeks ago.

This is the first game of the season and we doubt the fans will enjoy a beautiful football on the neural venue in Nizhniy Novgorod. We’ll be brave and shoot for the draw at 3.25, while you can alternatively go with the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at 1.57.

Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow: Bet Tips

Draw @ 3.25

Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57.