KS Samara vs FC Krasnodar / RUS Premier League – The last duel in the eighth round of the Russian Premier League brings us two teams that have opened the new season completely differently. Samara is in the lower part of the table, very close to relegation zone, because they have only celebrated twice so far, while Krasnodar is much more successful and this team is at the top of the table, and they were defeated only twice and are currently in a series of four games without defeat, of which three victories. Krasnodar has successfully started the competition in Europa League, and their last mutual matches between these rivals were played in 2016 and the result was 1-1 on both occasions.
KS Samara vs FC Krasnodar begins 24.09.2018 at 17:30 CET
After one season of absence, Samara is again competing in the elite rank of Russian football, but as they started, it seems that they will be struggling for survival again. They have only two wins, both with 1-0 and it is interesting that those are the only goals that this team has achieved in the first seven rounds. This means that when you score a goal they win, and especially valuable was their triumph against Rostov, which is playing great this season.
They also have a home draw with CSKA since the first round and a home victory over Anzhi, and four defeats. The most convincing is the one from the last round when Arsenal mastered them in Tula with 4-0. Coach Tikhon has sent the same team to the field in the previous two matches, while we expect Mollo now.
Probable lineups KS Samara: Ryzhikov – Chicherin, Burlak, Samardzic, Denisov – Chochiev, Bashkirov, Anton, Mollo – Kanunnikov, Sobolev
Krasnodar has played very good this season, but they lost two games. The first at the start against Rubin away and the second at home in the derby against Spartak. Between these two games they made two minimal triumphs. After Spartak begins a positive series of Krasnodar, which still lasts, and they first played a draw with Oldenburg, after which they recorded three victories. They have defeated the current champion Lokomotiv with 2-1, after which they mastered Anzhi with 4-0 in the most efficient match of the season so far.
The third triumph in the aforementioned series did not take place in the championship, but at the start of Europa League and against the Turkish Akhisar away with 1-0. Their coach this season is Murad Musaev and they seem to have found a winning combination when it comes to composition, so he rarely makes any changes, except when he is forced to like he was in the previous round when Spajic was absent due to suspension, one of the biggest reinforcements this season. He is now back, as well as striker Ari, who was also suspended, but he played in Europa League. There are currently no injured players.
Probable lineups FC Krasnodar: Kritsyuk – Stotskiy, Martynovich, Spajic, Petrov – Gazinskiy, Kabore – Mamaev, Claesson, Wanderson – Ari
KS Samara vs FC Krasnodar PICK
Samara has a lot of problems, first and foremost in achieving goals and they can hardly parry Krasnodar with such game, which seems to have caught the right rhythm and is in a series of victories, which could easily continue in this match.
Pick: Krasnodar wins
Odds: 2.10 at 888sport (down to 2.00 can be played)
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