Lokomotiv Moscow vs Dynamo Moscow
Russia – Premier League
Date: Friday, 14 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: RZD Arena, Moscow.
The reigning champions began the title defense quest in a somewhat slower fashion. They sit eighth in the league standings after six rounds of the competition and are already eight points behind leaders Zenit.
Can Yury Semin’s troops get the campaign up and running and boost up their confidence before the Champions League start on Friday when they take on local rivals Dynamo in a Moscow derby?
The visitors will come into the game higher on confidence following a 2-0 victory over Orenburg before the international break.
Evgeni Markov and Evgeniy Lutsenko notched goals for Belo-Golubye two weeks ago, helping the team overtake Lokomotiv in the league standings (they sit seventh with nine points from six games so far).
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Dynamo Moscow: Head-to-head
The momentum might give Dynamo advantage, but the H2H trend completely fancies the hosts here.
Parovozy bagged seven goals without response in two meetings with Dynamo in the previous term of Premier League.
Lokomotiv are unbeaten in last eight matches against Belo-Golubye.
The hosts bagged two or more goals in five of last six head to head affairs with Dynamo.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Dynamo Moscow: Prediction
Dmitri Khokhlov has reasons to be optimistic ahead of the Moscow derby based on the stern defensive display his men showed against a very solid Orenburg side in the previous round.
The visitors were also quite tough to break down on travels so far in the season shipping just three goals in three games so far (two of these came away at Spartak Moscow on previous travel).
Knowing that Lokomotiv bagged the total of four games in six games so far in the season, we would not be shocked to see the visitors keeping it tight at the back here.
The Under 2.5 goals FT is the safest of betting options and it can be backed at the 1/2 (1.50) odds, while braver tipsters can shoot for Dynamo Moscow to keep a clean sheet at 3.50.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Dynamo Moscow: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1/2 (1.50)
Dynamo Moscow to keep a clean sheet @ (5/2) 3.50.