Rubin Kazan vs Lokomotiv Moscow / Russian Cup – Rematch of the Russian Cup’s quarter-finals. The 1st leg was played at the beginning of December 2018 and then Lokomotiv won by 1-0. It is a nice advantage but Rubin believes it can be annulled. After the first match came long winter break and the championship continued only last weekend when Rubin won and Lokomotiv drew. The two teams drew their match played in Kazan in the first part of season.
Rubin Kazan vs Lokomotiv Moscow begins 06.03.2019 at 17:00 CET
Rubin is specific in many aspects in regard to the Russian championship. They drew 10 matches, the most in the league, and they lost only two, the least in the Russian Premier League. On top of it, very few goals get scored at Rubin matches, although they do better when playing at their Kazan Arena stadium. They had six-game winless streak in the finish of previous calendar year which they managed to end with great victory over leading Zenit in St. Petersburg. Last Saturday they defeated Achmat 1-0 thanks to reservist Sagitov who scored in added time.
Probable lineups Rubin Kazan: Baburin – Kambolov, Granat, Sorokin – Tsallagov, Ig. Konovalov, Podberezkin, Mogilevets, Ustinov – Sagitov, Poloz
Lokomotiv is the reigning champion of Russia and its first objective is to defend the title but for the time being they are not doing well and have eight points fewer than leading Zenit St. Petersburg. Lokomotiv played in the Champions League this season but they didn’t exactly make a name for themselves and their European journey has finished. This match will show is their adventure in the Russian Cup is also over. They have 1-0 from the 1st leg and that is a solid advantage since they haven’t received a goal. Last Saturday they again reduced their chances to defend the title given they merely drew with Samara 2-2 at home.
Probable lineups Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme – Ignatjev, Kvirkvella, Howedes, Lysov – Krychowiak, I. Denisov – Farfan, An. Miranchuk, Al. Miranchuk – Smolov
Rubin Kazan vs Lokomotiv Moscow PICK
Rubin has good defence and doesn’t lose easily, but on the other hand it has problem to score. Lokomotive plays a bit differently but if we take into consideration how their head-to-head ended in previous seasons it is quite realistic to expect an inefficient match.
Pick: under 2 goals
Odds: 1.75 at pinnacle (down to 1.65 can be played)
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