Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow
Russia – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 4 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: RZD Arena, Moscow.
The first Moscow derby of the season is schedule for Saturday afternoon when Lokomotiv and Spartak take on each other in the most exciting of second round clashes at RZD Arena. Both teams started the new campaign without being prolific in the final third.
The defending champions failed to break the deadlock away at Ufa, playing only a goalless draw there on Monday.
Narodnaya Komanda, on the other side, only edged past Orenburg 1-0 at Otkrytiye Arena thanks to a header from the centre-back Samuel Gigot four minute after the first whistle.
The French defender arrived to Moscow this summer from Gent where he scored two goals in two seasons. It was quite some start for him at the new club.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
Loko lead the head to head tie by a single victory coming into 36th meeting with Spartak Moscow.
The draw has been the most frequent of outcomes when teams met each other at RZD Arena, happening 7 times in 17 games.
Parovozy took four points from two Moscow derbies against Spartak in the previous term of Premier League.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
Since both teams obviously lacked creativity in their season openers, we can’t quite expect a thrilling afternoon of football with a host of goal-scoring chances in front of any goal. Knowing that the previous H2H game offered no goals, the Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the best of the betting options. It can be backed at the 1.60 odds. Spartak did have somewhat better results in the pre-season as Lokomotiv struggled badly for goals failing to find the back of the net in four of last five games (including the Super Cup loss to CSKA Moscow).
As for the outcome, the draw looks to be the closest of three. Braver punters can even try with correct score bets, chasing either 0-0 or 1-1. We will also mention that Yury Semin will not have any issues with injured/sidelined players, while Selikhov will miss out for the visiting outfit.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60
Draw @ 3.00.