Spartak Moscow vs Anzhi Makhachkala
Russia – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Spartak Moscow are going to host Anzhi Makhachkala in the 3rd round of Russian Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts finished last season on the 3rd spot and the direct place in the Champions League slipped out of their hands in the very last round of the competition. Therefore, Quincy Promes and the lads need to play in the qualifiers, where they lost a first leg clash away to PAOK in Thessaloniki this Wednesday.
Spartak Moscow were the most efficient side in the league last year, but their defending should have been tighter. They have been the best hosts, while in the current season, home side picked up four points.
Anzhi Makhachkala had an ultimately disappointing campaign last season and thanks to Amkar who failed to get the license for the Russian top flight, the visitors remained in the competition. They finished as 14th and avoided the direct relegation thanks to better goals difference than Tosno.
However, they were defeated in the playoffs against Yenisey Krasnoyarsk, but as we said, they were lucky to keep their spot in the Premier League. Magomed Adiev’s side has been playing very bad in the back although their attacking record was decent.
Spartak Moscow vs Anzhi Makhachkala: Head-to-head
Spartak Moscow celebrated a victory in four out of their last five matches and are in a very good streak against their rivals.
Their last two encounters have been very efficient ones and the crowd was able to see at least four goals per match.
Spartak Moscow vs Anzhi Makhachkala: Prediction
Although they are going to face more important challenge in mid-week, the hosts should be able to get another three points in this one. Anzhi Makhachkala put a very poor display against Ufa in the latest round.
Spartak Moscow have been playing pretty tight in the first two rounds and it is expected that they’ll continue in the same fashion. The visitors will be more focused on defending their net and we shouldn’t be able to see more than two goals in this one.
Spartak Moscow vs Anzhi Makhachkala: Bet Tips
Home win HT/FT @ 1.85
Under 2.5 FT @ 2.00.