The last Russian Cup, despite the unusual format, turned out to be competitive and very interesting. We hope that the future does not disappoint. Already at the qualifying stage of the tournament, we can expect a lot of surprises, because the underdogs are not so simple. Not so long ago, the draw for the RPL Route of the Russian Cup was held, after which the composition of four groups was determined. Consider the participants and try to determine the favorites.
The best predictions for today.
The current holder of the Russian Cup will shine in group A
One of the favorites in Group A is very clearly visible – this is CSKA. At the end of the last season, the army team took second place in the RPL and won the Russian Cup. In the last stretch of the season they looked very attractive thanks to the sensitive leadership of Vladimir Fedotov. This summer, the mentor has not gone anywhere, so the rojiazules will surely continue to progress and win. CSKA’s victory in group A is estimated at 1.60.
But with the second playoff contender, it’s a little more difficult. The fact is that Orenburg left Marcel Lichka. It is not yet clear how the team led by the new mentor will behave. Sochi has even more global problems. The club experienced problems over the course of last season, but towards the end things got very bad. In the summer, Sochi residents have greatly updated the lineup.
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In this scenario, Fakel has better chances. Yes, he has very limited resources. However, the appointment of Vadim Evseev made the “flammable” one of the most uncomfortable rivals. At the end of last season, the Voronezh team beat several strong teams in the RPL and managed to keep their record. Most likely, they will reach the playoffs from second place, and the Orenburgers will go to the Road of Regions. If Fakel takes second place, he will play 7.50.
Dzyuba will help the railway to win group B
There is also a clear favourite: Lokomotiv. The changes experienced in the winter, in particular the signing of Artyom Dzyuba and the appointment of Mikhail Galaktionov, had a very favorable effect on the club. In the last 13 rounds, the railwaymen lost only to Zenit (1:2) and drew twice. On the eve of the new season, they look like one of the contenders for the championship and the Russian Cup. The victory in group B “Loko” is estimated at 2.00.
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Rostov Valery Karpin also has a good chance, who finished fourth in the RPL last season. But Viktor Goncharenko’s Ural, who reached the Route of Regions final at the last Russian Cup, could create problems for him. Rubin, who played last season in the First League, is unlikely to be able to impose competition on such strong opponents, so the odds for their group win have reached 10.0.
Will Zenit have no competition in Group C?
There is a little more competition in this group. At first glance, Zenit seems like the main candidate to reach the RPL Path of the Russian Cup playoffs, but they have been unsuccessful in this tournament for several years. The composition of the inhabitants of Petersburg is perhaps the strongest, but the attitude is frightening. However, perhaps this season Sergei Semak will change his approach. The victory of “Zenith” in group C was estimated at 1.22.
Akhmat looks like the second favourite. He brought a stylish end to the season thanks to the efforts of Sergei Tashuev. The professor has made tremendous progress. Grozny set a club record in points and also ranked fifth, having lost just two of the last 11 rounds. There are only three draws.
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But most likely, Wings of the Soviets will get a ticket to the Road of Regions. Yes, they still have big implementation problems. But, even despite his presence, the Samara team came close to beating CSKA in the RPL Way semifinals of the last Russian Cup.
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Baltika, headed by Sergei Ignashevich, looks promising. However, she is far inferior in class to her group rivals. In addition, the Kaliningrads have recruited many recruits, which will surely take time to master. At the start of the season, we don’t expect great achievements from them.
Will Spartak or Dynamo win in Group D?
Well, the last group in which the fight promises to take place is D. The four clubs have a good chance of getting out. Spartak and Krasnodar are gradually making progress. The rojiblancos finished last season in third place in the RPL, and Krasnodar reached the Russian Cup Superfinal. They give 2.20 to win in the gladiator bracket, and Dynamo’s chances of winning first place are 3.30.
However, the possibility of his departure from the group is greatly reduced by the fact that Dynamo Moscow was led by Marcel Lichka, who left Orenburg. The mentor put excellent offensive football in not the strongest team. There is no doubt that he will take the blue and white to a new level of play.
At the same time, you should not write off Pari Nizhny Novgorod. He did not falter with the fact that he appointed Sergei Yuran to the post of head coach at the end of last season. An experienced specialist helped Nizhny Novgorod avoid relegation to the First League, and also gave them characteristic results-oriented football.
In anticipation of the upcoming season, the Nizhny Novgorod team has strengthened well by signing former Khimki captain Dmitry Tikhoy, Lokomotiv defender Dmitry Zhivoglyadov, Akhmat midfielder Alexander Troshechkin and several other quality players. Bets on Pari HH to take a 1-2 place in the pool are accepted at 7.00.
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