Spartak Moscow vs Akhmat Grozny
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 16 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Akhmat Grozny bagged their second win of the season two weeks ago when they saw off the struggling Ufa 2-1 on the home patch. Striker Magomed Mitrishev was the one who inspired the success by completing a brace within two minutes, just before the hour-mark.
The Wolves will have a very tough task to back up the mentioned victory given they will be up against one of Moscow heavyweights in the seventh round on Sunday. Spartak Moscow were almost impeccable so far in the season and they are actually one of just two teams without a defeat at this stage of the competition.
This mainly thanks to Massimo Carrera’s rock-solid defense which allowed no more than one goals in six affairs. The star-studded attack could have done better than netting five goals, though. Can the hosts find the attacking momentum here against the Grozny outfit?
Spartak Moscow vs Akhmat Grozny: Head-to-head
Spartak were on a four-win streak in matches against Akhmat, but the Wolves ended it in some style, bagging a 1-3 victory away at Otkrytiye Arena in late-April.
Three or more goals were seen in six of last seven head to head outings.
Narodnaya Komanda were dominant in the history of home matches against Akhmat, winning 7 and losing just 1 of 11.
Spartak Moscow vs Akhmat Grozny: Prediction
Apart from making a strong start in the Premier League, Spartak made their way to the Champions League group stage by eliminating Greek PAOK in the play-offs. It’s been so far so good for them this season and it’s really hard not to see Carrera’s men clear favourites to keep such form going on Sunday.
Akhmat have been dreadful travellers so far on the season. They lost each of three away fixtures in the premier League conceding as many as five goals in past two outings against Arsenal Tula and Ural.
The home win is thus a genuine banker worth backing with higher stakes at the odds of 1.57. You can obviously also back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 1.90.
Spartak Moscow vs Akhmat Grozny: Bet Tips
Spartak Moscow to win @ 1.57 (4/7)
Spartak Moscow to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10).