Russian Premier League /Spartak Moscow vs Sochi – New football season in Russia started last week with the Super Cup match when Lokomotiv Moscow defeated reigning champion Zenit in the VTB Arena in Moscow by 3-2. In the first round that will be played in the course of even four days Spartak Moscow faces at home newly promoted Sochi.
Game Spartak Moscow vs Sochi begins 13.07.2019 at 18:00 CET
Spartak won the most, 10 in total, titles of Russian champions but it won first nine in first 10 seasons played right after dissolution of the USSR. They won the Russian Premier League the last time in season 2016/17; one year after they finished at the third place, while last year Spartak won the fifth place. They will try to play better this season for which they made number of changes in the team. The last player who arrived to Spartak is Badu from Wolfsburg.
Spartak won 14 matches last season and had 15 point fewer than champion Zenit, which was enough only for the qualifications for the Europa League. It is interesting that three weeks ago they played a friendly with Sochi and won by 7-1; scorers were Adriano who scored 2 goals, and Bakaev, Lomovitskiy, Ze Luis, Glushenkov and Melkadze who all scored by one goal. Spartak lost the last training match to Krasnodar 1-2.
Probable lineups Spartak Moscow: Maksimenko, S. Bakaev, Dzhikiya, Fernadno, Hanni, Ignatov, Kutepov, Melgarejo, Ponce, Rasskazov, Adriano.
Sochi played last year in the Russian second division, Russian Football National League – FNL, in which it ended up at the second place and together with 1st-placed Tambov earned direct promotion to the Premier League, which is their biggest success so far. Sochi won 69 points, four fewer than the winner but they scored 63 goals, eight more than Tambov. Sochi received only 34 goals, one less than the champion.
Besides defeat by Spartak from three weeks ago when Kartich scored the only goal for Sochi, they also played a friendly with Spartak last year and lost 0-2. After losing to Spartak, they won before official start of new season Radnicki Nis from Serbia by 2-0 and winner of the Croatian Cup Rijeka 2-1. Scorers in match with Rijeka were Karapetyan and Pesegov.
Probable lineups Sochi: Zabolotnyi, Bilyaletdinov, Burmistrov, Kalugin, Margasov, Meshchaninov, Miladinovic, Pesegov, Pochivalin, Tsallagov, Karapetyan.
Betting Pick: Spartak Moscow vs Sochi
Spartak, besides sound victory in the preparatory period, is undoubtedly a great favourite to win the match, although they didn’t excel during preparations. Still, it can be expected to start the new season with victory over newcomer to the Premier League.
Pick: Asian handicap Spartak -1
Odds: 1.70 at bet365 (down to 1.65 can be played)
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