Spartak Moscow vs Rostov
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 30 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Spartak Moscow will be hoping to return on the winning ways when they host top-half rivals Rostov in one of the most interesting clashes of the Matchday No 9 at Otkrytiye Arena.
Narodnaya Komanda are winless in last three league games. It is a streak caused by a very tough schedule which saw Massimo Carrera’s men play the likes of Zenit, Akhmat Grozny and CSKA Moscow in the process.
However, the Italian manager can still be worried by the lack of attacking creativity in the absence of Quincy Promes who left the team this summer. Narodnaya Komanda scored just seven goals in eight games so far. It’s a bitterly disappointing attacking record for the title chasers. Can they get their Premier League campaign up and running here against Selmashi?
Spartak Moscow vs Rostov: Head-to-head
Spartak Moscow have a phenomenal H2H record in home outings against Rostov.
Narodnaya Komanda won 12 and drew 1 of 13 home games against Selmashi.
Spartak took four points from two head to head games with Rostov in the previous term of Premier League.
Spartak Moscow vs Rostov: Prediction
Improving a rather underwhelming attacking record will require the best performance of the season for Spartak Moscow here. They will be up against one of the best-organized defensive lines in the league here.
Selmashi have been very tough to break down ever since the season began. They have the best defensive record with just three goals shipped in eight games so far. Valeriy Karpin’s men won two and drew one of three away fixtures so far in the season, a thread which began with a 0-1 victory over CSKA Moscow.
Based on everything written above, the Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the safest of betting options and it can be backed at the odds of 1.60. We expect the visitors to park the bus and wait for their chances from counter-attacks. In such circumstances, we can hardly see a goal in the opening 45 minutes.
Spartak Moscow vs Rostov: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60 (3/5)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.50 (6/4).