Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
Spartak Moscow will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to CSKA Moscow when they host Tambov at their Otkrytiye Arena. Spartak Moscow aim to move a little closer to the Europa League berth, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s game. You should bear in mind, though, that midfielder Roman Zobnin misses the match through suspension.
Tambov, on the other hand, were on the verge of holding league leaders Zenit to a draw on Matchday 25. The Zenitchiki scored a late winner in the midweek fixture, and, as a result, Tambov remained in the danger zone. The visitors are only two points clear of bottom three, but they should not be looking for points at Otkrytiye Arena. Tambov are on a three-game losing run in the Russian Premier League, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered.
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.