Russian Premier League / Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow – The great Moscow derby will be played at the end of the 6th round of Russian championship. Neither CSKA nor Spartak distinguished themselves in first five rounds; CSKA did a bit better as it won three and drew and lost by one match so they have two points more than Spartak, which also lost just once but drew two times. CSKA won Spartak away 0-2 last season.
Game Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow begins 19.08.2019 at 19:00 CET
Spartak won the fifth place last season and is forced to go through the qualification in order to reach the group phase of the Europa League. They have already eliminated Thun from Switzerland after winning away 3-2 and at home 2-1, and it can be said they had no troubles. In the Russian Premier League things do go that smoothly and out of five matches Spartak won only two. In the first round they won Sochi, and in the previous one Akhmat away 3-1. They lost to Tambov and drew with Dinamo and Rostov. Forward Ponce is still under suspension and cannot play now but he is the only one who is prevented to play the city derby.
Probable lineups Spartak Moscow: Maksimenko – Eshchenko, Gigot, Jikia, Lucas – Guliev, Zobnin – Bakaev, Til, Schurrle – Larsson
CSKA has secured place in the group phase of the Europa League and they don’t have to through the qualifications but they wanted the Champions League which is why they are not satisfied with the previous season. They didn’t started badly the new season although they lost away to Samara in the first round. After that CSKA won three matches in a row, one against city rival Lokomotiv 1-0. In the previous round they slipped for the first time at home since they merely drew with Sochi 0-0. Coach Goncharenko doesn’t experiment with the team but A. Sigurdsson is questionable now and Kuchaev could play instead of him.
Probable lineups CSKA: Akinfeev – Vasin, Magnusson, Sarlija – M. Fernandes, Akhmetov, Bistrovic, Oblyakov – Vlasic, Kuchaev – Chalov
Betting Pick: Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow
We expect a tough match. None of the teams wants to lose to the city rival and will set the tactic accordingly. Neither Spartak nor CSKA are in particularly good shape and that is why our forecast with few goals.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.61 at bet365 (down to 1.55 can be played)
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