On Saturday, at 4:30 p.m., one of the main matches of the 29th round of the 2021/2022 Russian Football Championship will begin at the RZD Arena, in which Dynamo Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow will try to identify the strongest. All the designs of the next derby are in our material.
Last matches and standings
Despite all the difficulties of Lokomotiv this season, the club remains afloat and even continues to fight for the top positions. “Railroad” will definitely not be able to take a place in the top three, but they can be higher than CSKA and Krasnodar, which is very important for the team.
Due to a draw, Dynamo dropped to third place in the table, but any positive result in the match with Lokomotiv will push them back up. Silver medals should have been guaranteed for a long time by the Blue and Whites, but the team unexpectedly lost three times in a row:
● CSKA – 0:1
● “Ural” – 2:3
● “Wings of the Soviets” – 2:5
A terrible series was interrupted by a cup match with Alania, but you have to understand that Vladikavkaz only plays in the FNL, and the next game in the RPL against Lokomotiv is a completely different story.
Lokomotiv does not have the widest bench, so absolutely every loss of a player is painfully felt. Especially when it comes to Dmitry Barinov, who continues to have health problems. In addition, the young Khudyakov will most likely replace Guilherme in the gate again, as was the case in the last round against Rubin. But there is also good news, for example, the author of the winning goal of the last game, Anton Miranchuk, is in perfect order, as well as Tin Edvay and Maciej Rybus return to the clip.
Approximate composition of the Lokomotiv (4-3-3): Khudyakov – Rybus, Magkeev, Mampassi, Zhivoglyadov – Beka, Miranchuk, Zhemaletdinov – Kerk, Isidore, Kukhta
Sandro Schwartz has more options, but there are also many problems. The main defensive midfielder Nicola Moro and midfielder Vyacheslav Grulev, who passed the cards, will not be able to play against Lokomotiv, and Diego Laxalt is also unlikely to appear on the field, pulling from the hip in the cup match. And if the last two losses are pretty replaceable, the head coach is unlikely to want to transfer Fomin to the support zone, but, apparently, he will have to.
Dynamo Estimated Composition (4-1-4-1): Shunin – Skopintsev, Balbuena, Evgeniev, Varela – Fomin – Makarov, Shimansky, Zakharyan, Lesovoy – Smolov
Statistics and facts
● In the match of the first round, the teams separated from the world – 1:1
● Dynamo is the best away team in the league: nine wins in 14 games
● Lokomotiv is the best home team after Zenit: nine wins in 14 games
● On average, 2.8 goals per match are scored in matches involving Lokomotiv and Dynamo.
● Referee Sergey Ivanov has been appointed for the meeting.
What to expect from the match?
From a standings point of view, both teams have no serious tasks left, but the next match cannot exactly be called a friendly. Given the absence of tension and pressure, teams can show their best game with an attack bias – all the tools are there for this.
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