Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow
Russian Premier League
Date: Saturday, 18th March 2017
Kick off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: Stadium Lokomotiv.
Spartak will come in the Moscow derby in a much better mood as they extended the gap at the top of the Premier League standings to eight points ahead of the second-placed CSKA Moscow.
Lokomotiv suffered yet another huge blow to their ambitions of challenging the top half positions with a home defeat to Krasnodar on Monday evening.
The hosts could not have imagined a better start of the second part of the season. They showed a wonderful performance in the drubbing of Krylya Sovetov 0-3 on the road with a brace from the most recent addition to their squad, Ari.
The Brazilian striker was not in the lineup for the clash with his former team as Yury Semin’s men lost the home encounter with Europa League outfit Krasnodar.
Spartak opened the year with a 2-2 draw at Krasnodar, while the last weekend gave them an easy home fixture with the struggling Anzhi.
Even though Massimo Carrera has a deadly linuep of attackers in the likes of Quincy Promes, Ze Luis and Aleksander Samedov, Narodnaya Komanda struggled a lot to break the deadlock.
Samedov, who arrived this winter just from Lokomotiv, made the difference netting the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Head to head
Lokomotiv have been the more successful in the previous derbies as they lead the tie by a single win.
Spartak will have a nice chance to make it all square with the potential third consecutive victory over the arch-rivals.
Lokomotiv failed to find the net in each of the last two meetings with narodnaya Komanda.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
Luiz Adriano is expected to be back in the team after he missed the match with Anzhi last weekend. Spartak have a super strong attacking potential and they can easily see score two or more goals against Lokomotiv’s vulnerable defensive line.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
The visitors are a stronger team at the moment and we’ll back them to win at 2.88 with Bet365
The alternative betting pick will be Spartak Moscow Over 1.5 team goals at the odds of 3.10 with William Hill.