Rostov vs Rubin Kazan
Russia – Premier League
Date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Rostov Arena, Rostov-na-Donu.
The new Premier League campaign started in some fashion for Rostov who won four of opening five games which is enough for the sky-high third place in the league ladder ahead of the Friday round opener against Rubin Kazan. Valeriy Karpin looks to have mastered the formation with three men at the back (the famous English 3-5-2) and Parshivlyuk and Skopintsev as wingbacks.
Selmashi conceded only a single goal in five matches with this formation and finding the back of the net will be a massive challenge for Rubin on Friday.
The visitors lost only one of five games so far and they also fancy defensive-minded approach under Kurban Berdyev, meaning that the fans at Rostov Arena will likely see very few (or even none) goal-scoring opportunities on the occasion.
Rostov vs Rubin Kazan: Head-to-head
The most recent head to head trend also suggests a low-scoring contest on Friday as only one of last five head to head encounters brought three or more goals.
Rubin Kazan lead the tie by two wins coming into the landmark 30th meeting with Selmashi.
Volzhane took four points from last term meetings thanks to a narrow 0-1 away victory in late-October last year.
Rostov vs Rubin Kazan: Prediction
Under 2.5 goals FT just has to be a banker bet, but the bookies have set the odds as low as 1.40 for such scenario.
We will thus try and catch the best value by backing a goalless draw at the much more attractive 5.50 odds. More conservative tipsters can go for the Under 0.5 goals in the first half at 2.10.
Both teams played very tight last season as well. Rostov only conceded 9 goals in 15 home matches, while Rubin’s 15 away fixtures saw the total of 25 goals scored (well under two per game).
Knowing that both teams head into the game high on confidence, draw truly seems to be the most likable of three outcomes and it can be backed at 3.00 odds.
Rostov vs Rubin Kazan: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.00 (2/1)
Correct Score 0-0 @ 6.10 (51/10).