WILL ROSTOV BREAK THE WINNING SERIES WITH ZENITH?
Zenit haven’t been playing very well with Rostov lately: only two wins in the previous five matches. For example, during the April visit to the RostovArena as part of the RPL, the champion failed to distinguish himself at all. Now this task will be even more complicated, because last season’s top scorer Malcolm has officially moved to Saudi Arabia. Now expect a well-formed Mateo Cassierra. In the opening day he scored a brace, scoring as many goals as he did in 26 games the previous season.
On the other hand, “Zenith” does not know the defeat of “Rostov” in eight meetings in a row. Can Valery Karpin’s team break their winless streak?
“KRASNODAR” TO PUT “SOCHI” TWO?
In the last four official matches only the “bulls” have won, and invariably scoring at least two goals. Even in a friendly match in mid-July, Krasnodar sent two unanswered goals into the opponent’s goal down the half, and only after a series of substitutions that almost completely turned both teams around allowed Sochi to recover.
In the new season, the “townspeople” also did not lose their attacking abilities. In the first round of the RPL, they scored three goals against Dynamo. It is true that Sochi is also trying to keep up, having scored five times in two matches of the season. It seems that the audience is waiting for a productive game.
WILL LOKO BREAK THE 31 YEAR SERIES?
The match in Voronezh promises to be one of the most atmospheric and emotional. Firstly, they go to football here with great pleasure, even in the era of FanID. Secondly, both teams play merrily at first – the average return of their matches with participation is 3.5 goals. True, if the railway workers tasted victory at the second attempt, then the Voronezh team did not score points in the two games played.
So, for Loko, this is a great opportunity to interrupt an unpleasant series – since 1992 they have come to Voronezh four times, but have not been able to score even once (the total score is 0:5). Nair Tiknizyan, who broke up, is probably already preparing to break this series.
WILL SHUNIN OR LOMAEV BE ABLE TO PLAY IN THE DRY?
Krylya Sovetov and Dynamo each played two matches, and each time they not only scored, but also conceded. Wings won a rather unexpected victory in Grozny (2: 1), and in the Cup they conceded three times for the Baltika half (2: 3). Dynamo generally fell apart in the game with Krasnodar (1: 3) and played unintelligibly in Nizhny Novgorod (1: 1, 3: 4 on penalties).
With a rather attractive attacking game in defense, the opponents are not impressive, so this time the fans can expect a productive game, but Anton Shunin and Ivan Lomaev will do their best to finally play “zero”.
WILL CSKA KEEP BEATING AKHMAT?
CSKA players are unlikely to have a more favorite opponent. In the previous 11 meetings with Akhmat, they had 10 wins and in the last two they scored as many as seven goals. The Red-Blues come to Grozny in a very good mood against the background of a spectacular victory in Orenburg with a score of 6:0 and they will definitely try to score three points.
HOW MUCH WILL SPARTAK POINT?
Spartak was very lucky with the schedule at the beginning of the RPL season: after Orenburg, who lost Marcel Lichka, the newcomer RPL Baltika will go to the Otkritie Arena. On matchday 1, the Kaliningrads lost with considerable resignation in Sochi (0-2), so the rojiblancos are the clear favorites of the match. The only question is how many times they will knock on the doors of Sergei Ignashevich’s wards. And it is also interesting whether Alexander Sobolev will appear on the field, regaining his form after injury.