Russian Premier League/Lokomotiv Moscow vs Rubin Kazan – Match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Rubin Kazan closes the 1st round of new season of the Russian Premier League, which started on Friday. The two teams met even four times last season and Lokomotiv won three of them, while one ended as a draw.
Game Lokomotiv Moscow vs Rubin Kazan begins 15.07.2019 at 19:00 CET
Lokomotiv won the Russian Cup for the sixth time last season, or for the second time in last three seasons. On its way towards the final it eliminated Rubin in the quarter-finals by two victories of 1-0. Begin winner of the Cup they started the new season with the Super Cup and they won reigning champion Zenit in Moscow by 3-2 on 6 July.
It was a kind of revenge for losing the title. Lokomotiv was the runner-up last season having won 56 points or eight fewer than Zenit, but they will too play in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League. After playing a goalless draw with Rubin away in November last year Lokomotiv won Rubin at home 4-0 in April this one. Rotenberg is out of action due to injury.
Probable lineups Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme, Rybus, Cerqzeira, Corluka, Zhivoglyadov, Barinov, Krychowiak, An.Miranchuk, Al.Miranchuk,Zhemaletdinov, Smolov
The best years for Rubin lay far in the past; they won the title last time in 2009 and the Russian Cup in 2012. They finished the previous season with 36 points which was enough for the 11th place in the Premier League that has 16 teams and consequently it won’t appear in European competitions. Rubin won the last time in Moscow in April 2017 when the result read at the end 1-0.
They won Lokomotiv that season at home too, by 2-0. Rubin didn’t show much in the preparatory period; it lost the last match by CSKA Moscow 0-4 when Siggurdson had a hat trick. It is worrying that they scored no goals in two previous matches in which they drew with newly promoted Tombov and lost to Nizhny Novgorod 0-1. Begic and Granat are injured and will not play against Lokomotiv.
Probable lineups Rubin Kazan: Dyupin, Bashkirov, Danchenko, Davitashvili, Denisov, Konovalov, Podberezkin, Markov, Sorokin, Uremovic
Betting Pick: Lokomotiv Moscow vs Rubin Kazan
Lokomotiv is the absolute favourite to win the match and everything but their victory would be a great surprise. However, everything is possible at the beginning of new season but Lokomotive has recently won the Super Cup match against Zenit and showed that is well prepared right now. We would play on handicap for the Lokomotiv’s victory.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Lokomotiv Moscow
Odds: 1.85 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)
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