Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
After suffering a heavy 5-1 loss to Sochi in midweek, Orenburg will be looking to escape the danger zone in the Russian Premier League standings when they take on Spartak Moscow on Matchday 22. Konstantin Yemelyanov’s troops are only one point clear of the bottom four, but they are surely capable of making life difficult for the Narodnaya komanda.
The capital club are not enjoying a season to remember, with the team sitting in the tenth position in the standings ahead of the trip to Orenburg. Considering that only two points separate the two teams in the Russian Premier League table, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. A man to watch in the home team will be Ghana international Joel Fameyeh, while Orenburg defenders should have Russia rising star Zelimkhan Bakaev, who has netted four goals so far this term. Fellow midfielder Roman Zobnin misses the Orenburg game through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Roman Zobnin):
Roman Zobnin is a talented Russian footballer who was born in Irkutsk on February 11, 1994. Zobnin played for the likes of Zvezda Irkutsk and Konoplyov football academy during his youth career, while starting his senior career Akademiya Tolyatti.
In 2013 Dynamo Moscow chiefs brought him to Arena Khimki and he played for the capital club from 2013 to 2016, scoring two league goals for the White-blues during that period. Roman Zobnin then moved to Spartak Moscow and he has been playing for the Krasno-Belye ever since. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both attacking and defensive midfielder as well.
Roman Zobnin made his debut for the Russian national team in March, 2015 in a friendly game against Kazakhstan. It has to be noted that his older Aleksandr Zobnin was also a professional footballer. Roman Zobnin has a contract with Spartak Moscow, which expires in June, 2020.
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.