Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
There will be fireworks when Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow face each other in the local derby at Otkritiye Arena. Spartak Moscow shared the spoils with Ufa in midweek, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into more than one goal. The Narodnaya Komanda aim to regain their spot in top four, and we are positive that they will go for a win in the Moscow derby.
A man to watch in the home team will be pacey winger Ezequiel Ponce, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late. Keep in mind, though, that summer signing Aleksandr Kokorin is likely to miss the game with injury. Lokomotiv, on the other hand, have been performing below expectations at the start of the season. Considering that Spartak are a real force to be reckoned with at home, there is a big value in betting on Domenico Tedesco’s men.
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 (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.