Dinamo Moscow vs. FK Krasnodar / Russian Premier League – Eleventh-positioned Dinamo Moscow will face seventh Krasnodar in the last match of the 22nd round of Russian Premier League. In previous round the Muscovites had ended a not so good series of two draws and two defeats with a victory away over Ufa, while on the other hand Krasnodar was defeated at home by Lokomotiv, which ended a great series of three wins and one draw. Let’s add that their match played last autumn in Krasnodar ended with high victory of the home team 4-0. Begins: 04.04.2016 – 18:30 CET
That will be the biggest motive for Dinamo’s players to try to retaliate in a similar way now when they play at home, especially as they showed last year that know how to play against them, when they won four points from two championship matches. However, in the meantime the team underwent great changes, mostly in negative sense so they ended the first part of the season at mere 11th position in the standings.
That is why decision of the club management to keep coach Kobelev during the winter break is surprising, especially as Dinamo was recently eliminated from the Russian Cup by Amkar, while it won just one point in first two rounds of the second part of season. Then they finally played a good match in Ufa and won by 1-0, so at the moment they have solid six points more than teams in the relegation zone. Besides, that should be an additional motive to make a good result now against Krasnodar, regardless that will miss injured defenders Kozlov, Samba and Danilkin, midfielder Denisov, and suspended stopper Hubocan.
Probable lineups Dinamo Moscow: Gabulov – Zhivoglyadov, Djakov, Holmen, Eshchenko – Ionov, Dragun, Zobnin, Tashaev – Pogrebnyak, Beqiraj
We have said about Krasnodar in the introduction that it surprisingly lost at home in previous round by 2-1 to Lokomotiv Moscow, so three points again separate them from positions that can take them to the Europa League, while they lag behind second-placed Rostov for even seven points. Besides, they were recently eliminated right from the Europa League by Sparta Prague, which tells us that winter break had indeed left a scar at coach Kononov’s players form.
True, in first two rounds of the second part of the season Krasnodar managed to win four points; they firstly drew at home with Zenit and winning away Mordovia, while before that they through Terek qualified for the semi-final of the Russian Cup. However, the latest error in the match against Lokomotiv has certainly shaken the team and Kononov announced that will have to play far more aggressively against Dinamo if they want to win all three points. Good thing for them is return of stopper Sigurdsson and midfielder Kabore, while on the other hand out of action are injured midfielders Gazinsky and Torbinsky.
Probable lineups FK Krasnodar: Kritsyuk – Kaleshin, Sigurdsson, Granqvist, Petrov – Akhmedov, Kabore, Pereyra – Mamaev, Ari, Smolov
Dinamo Moscow – FK Krasnodar PICK
Although the visiting team from Krasnodar is deemed as a slight favourite, Dinamo, after victory over Ufa, will play more aggressively in front of their fans than in some other matches played at home. Because of that we have chosen an option where both teams score in this match.
Pick: both teams score
Odds: 2.00 at 10bet (down to 1.90 can be played)