Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
There will be fireworks when Rostov and Krasnodar face each other at Rostov Arena on Matchday 25. Rostov restarted the season with a heavy 10-1 loss to Sochi, but it has to be noted that their first-team regulars were quarantined. Some of them returned to the starting line-up against Arsenal Tula, with the team immediately returning to winning ways.
Rostov footballers regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at fellow Champions League-chasing side Krasnodar. It has to be noted that Danila Proshlyakov and Aleksey Kozlov are both sidelined through suspension for the hosts. Krasnodar, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 3-0 win at Krasnodar. The Black-Greens quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Sochi, and given their attacking potential, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Experienced attacker Ari is out of contention with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Roman Eremenko):
Roman Eremenko is an experienced midfielder who adds valuable quality to CSKA Moscow’s play with his passing skills, great vision and knack for goal.
The 29-year-old Russian-born Finland international has so far played for the likes of Udinese, Siena, Rubin Kazan, but he is best remembered for his spell at Ukraine giants Dynamo Kyiv where he became captain helping the club win Ukrainian Premier League in 2009, and played in the Champions and Europa Leagues. He moved to CSKA Moscov in 2014 and has so far made over 50 Russian Premier League appearances during two seasons for the Army Men.
His impact with the Russian giants was immediate with Eremenko picking up several monthly awards for the Best Player in the league, while he was named the Russian Football Premier League MVP of the 2014-15 season.
Highlighted Team (Krasnodar):
Krasnodar are one of several Russian clubs that were founded in the 21st century (2008). The Byki were promoted to the Russian Premier League in 2011 and they were playing under Serbian tactician Slavoljub Muslin back then. Krasnodar finished the 2014/2015 season in third place in the standings and that is regarded as the club’s biggest success.
The club’s biggest rivals are Kuban Krasnodar and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the local derby. The Bulls participated in the 2015/2016 Europa League group stages and it has to be noted that they managed to beat star-studded Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in front of home fans.
However, they failed to make life difficult for Sparta Prague in the last 32, losing 4-0 to the Czech outfit on aggregate. Krasnodar play their home matches at Krasnodar Stadium, the venue that was built in 2016. The capacity of the stadium is 33,000.