FC Spartak Moscow vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Russia – Super Cup
Date: Friday, 14th July 2017
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
The 2017/18 Russian Premier League season is around the corner. But the prime focus this weekend will be on the Super Cup tie between two Moscow heavy weights Spartak and Lokomotiv.
FC Spartak Moscow were crowned Russian Champions for the first time since 2001 earlier this May. This also put an end to their trophy drought for 14 seasons, with their last title being the Russian Cup in 2003.
Meanwhile, Lokomotive Moscow had somewhat of a disappointing 2016/17 league campaign after managing a 10th placed finish. However, the own bid farewell to the season after clinching the Russian Cup for a second time in three seasons.
Spartak Moscow made into the Super Cup on three previous occasions – 2004, 06 and 07. CSKA were their opponents on all three occasions and they are yet to taste victory in this fixture.
Lokomotiv lifted the Super Cup on two occasions. They defeated CSKA in 2003 and Terek Grozny in 2005. Since then, they finished runners up in 2008 and 2015, losing to Zenit St. Petersburg on both occasions.
Spartak Moscow vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Head-to-head
Spartak are unbeaten in the last three matches against Lokomotiv with 2 wins and a draw. But, Lokomotiv were unbeaten in 7 previous duels between 2012 and 2015 with 4 wins and 3 draws.
Spartak Moscow vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Prediction
Spartak Moscow is arguably the superior side among the two after making some drastic improvements over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Lokomotiv remain among one of the moderate sides in Russia after failing to make sufficient reinforcements to the squad in this summer.
Despite the bay in quality of the sides, one must expect a cagey affair. Goals will be at premium, so has been the case in most of the Cup finals last season.
Spartak Moscow vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Bet Tips
Spartak to win for 2.15 odds by William Hill.
Under 2.5 goals is banker for 1.62 odds with Bet365.
Those who are looking for correct ft score, must be confident to back 1-0 Spartak win for 6.50 odds.