Spartak Moscow vs Arsenal Tula
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 21 October 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Spartak somehow managed to steal a victory away at the rock-bottomed Yenisey thanks to a late stoppage-time goal from substitute Artem Timofeev. The win helped Narodnaya Komanda break into the top four in the league standings.
Nonetheless, Massimo Carrera and his men still have to work hard to annul the seven-point deficit they have to runaway leaders Zenit. A win over Arsenal Tula on Sunday will thus be an imperative for Spartak whose defensive line looked to be too vulnerable in recent outings.
The hosts allowed as many as five goals in last two fixtures (3-3 draw to Villarreal in Europa League and 2-3 win over Yenisey in the domestic competition). Can Narodnaya Komanda keep it quiet at the back here against Arsenal Tula?
Spartak Moscow vs Arsenal Tula: Head-to-head
Trips to Otkrytiye Arena have never gone well for Canoneers.
Arsenal Tula lost all four away matches against Spartak Moscow with a devastating 1-10 goal difference in the process.
Narodnaya Komanda won four of last five meetings with Canoneers who failed to find the net in three of last four head to head affairs.
Spartak Moscow vs Arsenal Tula: Prediction
Arsenal Tula sit 12th after 10 rounds of the competition. They played hot and cold ever since the season began, but their main characteristic in recent outings was the lack of meticulousness at the back. Tula shipped five goals in last three league matches which is a poor record for Russian Premier League standards, especially if we know the opposition came in the likes of Rubin Kazan, Ural and Ufa along the way.
Carrera has a deadly line-up of attackers in his ranks and they are no doubts going to exploit Arsenal’s defensive holes to the max on the occasion. Given Spartak can’t afford a failure here, the home win is worth backing at the 1.57 odds.
Spartak Moscow vs Arsenal Tula: Bet Tips
Spartak Moscow to win @ 1.57 (4/7)
Spartak Moscow Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.80 (4/5).