Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
All eyes will be on Arena CSKA when CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow face each other in the Russian Premier League derby. Few years ago the two teams were in the title race, but, this time out, they are eyeing a place in European competitions. CSKA Moscow restarted the season with a heavy 4-0 loss to Zenit, with the team playing out a goalless draw with their local rivals Dynamo at the weekend.
The Armeitsy aim to put an end to their seven-game winless run, but the match against Spartak Moscow will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Narodnaya komanda, on the other hand, outplayed Arsenal Tula in their first game after the coronavirus break, but they dropped two points in a goalless draw with UFA. Anyhow, CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow seem to be evenly matched at the moment, meaning that there is a big value in betting on draw. CSKA midfielder Jaka Bijol misses the game through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Alan Dzagoev):
Alan Dzagoev is a Russian footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev began his youth career at Yunost Vladikavkaz and he played for Konoplyov football academy during his youth career as well. In 2006 Dzagoev started his senior career at Krylia Sovetov, with the attacking midfielder scoring six goals in 37 appearances for the club.
In 2008 Dzagoev moved to CSKA Moscow and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. In 2016 he won his third Russian Premier League title with CSKA and, speaking of his individual awards, Dzagoev was named Russian Premier League best young player in 2008. Dzagoev was born in Beslan (Soviet Union) on June 17, 1990 and he made his debut for the Russian national football team in October 2018 against Russia.
The CSKA midfielder scored his first international goal in October, 2010, in a 3-2 victory over Republic of Ireland in the EURO 2012 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Spartak Moscow):
Spartak Moscow are the most successful club in Russia. The Narodnaya komanda did well to win the Soviet championship on 12 occasions and they won their tenth Russian Premier League title in the 2016/2017 season.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Spartak Moscow made it to the European Cup (Champions League) semis in the 1990/1991 season, but Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille proved to be a big catch for the Russian champions. Spartak were beaten by OM 3-1 in Moscow, while suffering a 2-1 loss to the French side in the return leg at Stade Velodrome.
The club was founded in 1922 and they are considered as “the people’s team”. Spartak Moscow welcome their rivals at Otkrytie Arena, the stadium which was opened in September 2014. The venue will be called Spartak Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The club’s main rivals are Dynamo Moscow and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two capital clubs.