Champions League Preview: Liverpool FC – Spartak Moscow

Liverpool FC v Spartak Moscow – Wednesday, 6 December, 19:45 GMT – Anfield, Liverpool. Spartak Moscow fans, players and officials will be hoping for an old-school mid-90s result on Wednesday night as they faceoff against Liverpool in a direct shootout for a Champions League knockout spot. All three of Liverpool, Sevilla and Spartak are still able to win Group E, in what promises to be an exciting final day showdown. How do they achieve this? For Spartak it's simple, but once again I'll hand … [Read more...]

2018 World Cup: Analysis of Russia’s Group

The biggest sporting event in the world takes place in Russia for the first time ever from 14 June 2018. On Friday, the 32 teams who have qualified discovered their fate and know exactly who they will be facing in the Group Stages, with the draw taking place at the Kremlin. For once, a site of disseminating information elsewhere. Here is a closer look at Group A of the World Cup Russia 2018. They will face Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in what seems like a promising group for the hosts, who … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Manchester United – CSKA Moscow

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow - Tuesday, 5 December, 19:45 GMT, Old Trafford. CSKA Moscow goes into arguably the most important match in their recent history at the Theatre of Dreams, and you can't really get a bigger stage nor more difficult opposition for Viktor Goncharenko's men to guarantee they'll continue to play Champions League football in Spring 2018. First, here's the permutations from RFN statistician Alexey Spektrowski: CSKA advance to the Champions League knockout stage, … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 19: Betting Advice & Previews

Game of the Week - Sunday 16:00 BST: Anzhi Makhachkala - SKA Khabarovsk By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Game of the Week here focusses upon the relegation zone, with a key basement battle between Anzhi Makhachkala and SKA Khabarovsk in Dagestan. Three points are key for either side, especially the home team, whereas a SKA victory may just doom both in the long run. Anzhi Makh-catching up? I'm not sorry for that awful joke. But Anzhi has reemerged from certain relegation fodder in recent … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 18: Results & Team of the Week

  This week's results were finally somewhat easier to predict, with a few expected scorelines such as Amkar's low-scoring home victory and CSKA, Lokomotiv and Rostov all winning. Ural's fine unbeaten home record came to an end on Saturday, and who else but former Uraltsy hitman Fedor Smolov? The RFN Top 50 2016 winner was presented with his award by our regular Englishman in Siberia, Andrew Flint and the Krasnodar striker looked almost as happy to receive it as he did to … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 18: Betting Advice & Previews

Game of the Week – Monday 16:30 BST: Spartak Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg By Vincent Tanguy (@Spartak_M_VT) When you start the season, it’s the game you underline on your calendar to not miss! Spartak and Zenit are the two most popular teams in Russia and a confrontation between the two biggest cities; Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Kind of Revenge All the Red-Whites have in their mind the 5-1 defeat in St.Petersburg inAugust. Players haven't publicly talked about it yet because of the … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg – FK Vardar Skopje

For Zenit, it is simple. They have already qualified for the group stages, however, despite an impressive 3-1 victory over Real Sociedad in the second match day, Erreala sit just a point behind Zenit with a superior goal difference. it will all come down to the final game between the two in December at the Anoeta Stadium in  San Sebastián to discover who will top the group. A difficult away game in the Basque Country, therefore a victory here will be vital. Macedonian minnows Vardar have lost … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 17: Results and Team of the Week

In what is arguably the most unpredictable and exciting RFPL season in years, results took somewhat of a turn towards normality in Round 17. Last week, only two of the top five recorded victories (Krasnodar and Spartak), here, four did. Loko, Zenit, CSKA and Spartak all won, with only Krasnodar missing out because they played in-form Spartak. As a result, six of the players picked featured for these sides. Spartak destroyed Krasnodar in Krasnodar this week, and Sergei Galitsky must surely be … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – NK Maribor

Spartak are looking to progress to beyond the group stage for the first time since the legendary Oleg Romantsev was in charge, and in order to do so must defeat Maribor today. Maribor have conceded 13 goals without scoring since their opening goal in the previous game, but Spartak have now gone 16 games in Europe without a clean sheet, and have only played out two 0-0 draws from 26 games in all competitions this season. In fact, both teams have scored in 19 of these games. Maribor have never … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 17: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round - Saturday 13:30 BST: FC Krasnodar - Spartak Moscow By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) One-man team? Igor Shamilov has been under pressure at Krasnodar for some time now, however, two convincing wins over promoted sides SKA (4-1) and Tosno (3-1) has eased the pressure somewhat. This is largely in thanks to in-form Fedor Smolov, who now has six goals in his last four games for club and county (including four in two for Krasnodar). Krasnodar is essentially a one-man team right … [Read more...]