MK-Sport continues the traditional column, which not only announces the matches of the next round of the Russian Premier League, but also gives forecasts. Especially for you, we have collected all the useful information about the upcoming games in one place: from the statistics of head-to-head meetings of opponents to the total cost of the players of each club. We hope that with our help it will be easier for you to understand the pre-match hands.
KHIMKI (Khimki) — NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Nizhny Novgorod)
15.00 (hereinafter – Moscow time). Khimki. Arena-Khimki (capacity – 18,636 spectators)
Total value of players: €22,680,000 / €17,100,000
Chief referee : Artem Lyubimov (St. Petersburg)
Head coaches : Sergey Yuran / Mikhail Galaktionov
Leader : Denis Glushakov / Artur Nigmatullin
Last meeting in Khimki : 1:1
General balance of meetings : +1=3–4, 3:9
MK-Sport : The fact that Khimki took points from Zenit in the first round (1: 1) is respected, but Nizhny Novgorod also made a small sporting feat, achieving a draw in Moscow with Lokomotiv in a match in which the guests were forced to recoup and remained in the numerical minority already in the middle of the first half. Two militant opponents are worth each other, but they can not be called similar. The credo of the Moscow residents is an attack, while Nizhny, as it was in the match with Loko, is often enough to score at least one shot on target to score points.
Predicting what the nature of this match will be is extremely simple. But to say who will play their trump cards more profitably is almost impossible. Last season, both meetings between these teams ended in a draw (0:0 and 1:1), it is likely that this time there will be neither a winner nor a large number of goals scored.
Prediction : 1:1
DYNAMO (Moscow) — TORPEDO (Moscow)
17.30. Moscow. Lev Yashin Stadium (capacity – 25,716 spectators)
Total value of players: €89,800,000 / €12,680,000
Chief referee : Vladislav Bezborodov (St. Petersburg)
Head coaches : Slavisa Jokanovic / Alexander Borodyuk
Leaders : Anton Shunin / Vitaliy Botnar
Last meeting on the Dynamo field : 0:0
Overall balance of meetings: +13=13–6, 43:34
MK-Sport: The defeat in the starting round should not greatly upset fans of black and white, because their team looked pretty decent on the field. The superiority in the class last weekend of Sochi over Torpedo was not initially in doubt, but Muscovites were not outplayed. The result was predetermined by the higher performing skills of the southerners.
Lost points and “Dynamo”, tied with “Rostov” at home (1:1). The problems of the blue and whites with the squad are obvious – there are no central defenders. A week earlier, flank defender Sergei Parshivlyuk and young Alexander Kutitsky entered the center of the defense . Not to say that this pair played poorly, but it was from the central zone that the Rostovites scored the return ball Nikolai Komlichenko .
LOKOMOTIV (Moscow) — ROSTOV (Rostov-on-Don)
20.00. Moscow. Lokomotiv Stadium (capacity – 28,800 spectators)
Total value of players: €71,650,000 / €45,180,000
Referee : Alexei Sukhoi (Lyubertsy)
Head coaches : Josef Zinnbauer / Valery Karpin
Leader : Dmitry Barinov / Dmitry Poloz
Last meeting in Moscow : 1:2
General balance of meetings : +36=17–9, 102:53
MK-Sport: Both opponents scored a point each in the last round, but if the Rostovites bounced back in Moscow against Dynamo, then the railway workers missed the right 3 points at home with Nizhny Novgorod. The strengths of the opponents are approximately equal, but the level of teamwork between the teams is different. How Karpin’s team will play is extremely clear, but what today’s Loko is capable of and what it is striving for under the guidance of the next new head coach is not clear.