Spartak Moscow vs PFC Sochi
Russia – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 13 July 2019
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Spartak was just one point shy of touching the enviable 50-mark the last season. They led a brave campaign and qualified to the prelims of the Europa League.
One more position higher, and they could have avoided the qualifying stage to the continental competition altogether. Considering their opponents for the opener, and importantly, the home advantage, the team has the chance to begin their season on the right note.
Visitors Sochi will be battling huge odds in their first tie itself. The reason being, they are one of the new additions to this tournament from the lower division. Sure, they finished runner-up in the National League, but compared to the Premier League, quality is worlds apart.
This game will prove to be a test of waters for how the rest of the season would go for the squad.
Spartak Moscow vs PFC Sochi Head-to-head (h2h)
- Spartak holds a 100% winning record against this opponent.
- The last time these two met, Moscow registered a 7-1 win.
- Sochi has conceded two or more goals in all encounters.
- Moscow has let in just a single goal so far.
Spartak Moscow vs PFC Sochi Prediction
Moscow is one of the best teams in the country and represents the league in Europe based on their performance last season. In the meantime, Sochi was not even present in this division and was plying their trade in the lower league.
On top of that, Spartak has the home advantage where they clearly have a huge upper hand.
At present, they were unbeaten in seven of their last ten games and was so in 16 of their last 19 in front of the home crowd. In addition, they have found the back of the net in four of their last seven battles, and at home, breached opposing defenses in 25 of their last 26 appearances.
On the contrary, Sochi was winless in three of their last four on the road, and importantly, lost against this same team 7-1, just three weeks back.
Moreover, Spartak has a 100% winning record in h2h ties and has let in just a single goal all through these games, while scoring seven in the last clash alone.
As things stand, the hosts are a huge favorite to pick up the three points.
Spartak Moscow vs PFC Sochi Betting Tips
Spartak Moscow to Win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Half Time Result: Spartak Moscow to Win @ 2.00 (1/1).