Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
Rostov Arena will host Sunday’s football match between Rostov and Lokomotiv Moscow, the two teams who are vying for a place in the Champions League. Rostov aim to build on a 3-2 win over CSKA Moscow, and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of Sunday’s football match. Defender Dmitri Chistyakov misses the game with injury, but given Rostov’s attacking potential, we predict that the hosts are going to find the net against Lokomotiv Moscow.
The capital club, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Akhmat Grozny at the weekend to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Defender Solomon Kverkvelia is banned, but boss Yury Semin has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to Rostov-on-Don. Seeing that Lokomotiv Moscow are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s clash as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
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 (Lokomotiv Moscow):
Founded in 1922 as Kazanka, Lokomotiv Moscow are a Russian football club that play their home games at RZD Arena. The stadium was opened in July 2002 and the capacity of the venue is 27.320. Lokomotiv won their first Russian Premier League trophy in 2002, with the team finishing the season just above their local rivals CSKA Moscow.
The two teams were level on points (66), but thanks to a better head-to-head record Lokomotiv eventually lifted the trophy. Two years later (2004) the capital club repeated the success and once again CSKA Moscow finished second, only one point behind the Krasno-zelyonyye (Red-Greens). Lokomotiv Moscow have always been attracting high-profile footballers and it has to be noted that the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Peter Odemwingie, Branislav Ivanovic, Igor Denisov, Dmitri Torbinski, Vedran Corluka, Emir Spahic, Lassana Diarra and Jan Durica played for the club in the past.
Lokomotiv play their home games in green shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.