Rostov vs Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
Russia – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Rostov Arena, Rostov-na-Donu.
Yenisey won their historic maiden point in the top flight of the Russian football by holding CSKA Moscow to a 1-1 draw last weekend in Krasnoyarsk. Such result will certainly serve as a massive confidence-booster for the team led by Dmitry Alenichev.
Can the Premier League debutants build on such success and stay unbeaten on Sunday evening when they travel to Rostov-na-Donu to take on Rostov?
The hosts will be looking to rebound from a shocking 0-1 defeat to Krylya Sovetov last weekend. It can literally out of nowhere as Selmashi have previously defeated the likes of Akhmat Grozny and CSKA Moscow.
They controlled the ball and dominated the pitch against another recently-promoted outfit seven days ago, but just failed to produce and convert numerous chances in front of Sovetov’s goal.
Rostov vs Yenisey Krasnoyarsk: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Rostov vs Yenisey Krasnoyarsk: Prediction
Yenisey quickly started to feel the strength of a higher division football when they failed to find the back of the net in back-to-back defeats to Zenit and Akhmat Grozny.
Nevertheless, they got a breakthrough when striker Mikhail Kostyukov broke the deadlock just before the hour-mark of the third-round tie with CSKA Moscow.
It was his maiden goal in Yenisey’s shirt after he joined the team this summer form Akmar Perm. Nevertheless, Abel Hernandez brought Armeitsy back on level terms converting the penalty late on to deny Yenisey their inaugural Premier League victory on the home patch.
Given that Rostov have not been thriving in the final third so far in the season in spite of the fact they took six points in three games, we have reasons to expect a tight encounter with very few goal-scoring opportunities.
The Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the safest pick and it can be backed at the 1.47 odds.
Selmashi only conceded one goal in three matches and they will be very tough to break down for the side that only scored once so far in the season.
The perfect alternative pick will thus be Rostov to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.72.
Rostov vs Yenisey Krasnoyarsk: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 1/2 (1.50)
Rostov to keep a clean sheet @ 3/4 (1.75).