Russian Premier League /Rostov vs Samara – In the last match of the Russian Premier League 5th round the 3rd-placed Rostov meets 13th-positioned Samara that has five points fewer than its host. Rostov won eight points and Samara only three. Samara won both their head-to-heads played last season.
Game Rostov vs Samara begins 12.08.2019 at 19:00 CET
Rostov finished the previous season in the 9th place and having 41 points, while now they are the only undefeated team after four rounds, alongside leading Zenit, and have eight points from two wins and two draws. Interestingly, they scored only 25 goals and received 23 in 30 matches last season, but now with nine scored goals they are the most effective offensive team in the Russian Premier League. However, they also received seven goals, just as Samara and UFA.
Orenburg received only one goal more than them which won no points. After two first matches that Rostov played at home, when they defeated Orenburg 2-1 and draw with Spartak Moscow 2-2, they played two matches outside their stadium. In the first away match they defeated Arsenal in Tula by 3-2, and draw with Ural 2-2 in the last match.
Probable lineups Rostov: Pesjakov-Kozlov, Chistyakov, Sigurdsson, Chernov-Normann, Popov- Ionov, Ermenko, Bayramyan- Shomurodov.
Samara ended up in the 13th place last season but they secured their survival only after play-off match with Nizhny Novogrod that they won away by 3-1. They lost the 2nd leg match by 0-1 that was played home. Samara has three-game losing streak right now; it lost two of those matches at home where they unexpectedly defeated CSKA 2-0 in the 1st round. It was also the only match they finished with a clean sheet.
They lost at home to Arsenal Tula 2-3. In the last round they were defeated at home by Russian vice-champion Lokomotiv 1-2, but were close to win at least one point. They equalised in the 88th minute but they received the second goal in the fourth minute of the injury time and lost. Samara lost the only away match played so far this season to UFA by the same result. Kiselev is injured and cannot play.
Probable lineups Samara: Ryzhikov-Anyukov, Karpov, Chernov, Kombarov- Kabutov, Timofeev, Gatkan, Mijailovic, Kanunnikov, Sobolev.
Betting Pick: Rostov vs Samara
In last three head-to-head Samara neither lost to Rostov nor it received a goal. However, Rostov won 18 out of last 48 matches, while Samara won 16, and 14 matches ended as draw. We would play on Rostov victory which plays this season to win.
Pick: Rostov wins
Odds: 1.60 at 888sport (down to 1.55 can be played)
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