RFPL Week 20: Betting Advice & Previews

Game of the Week – Sunday 13:30 BST: Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Although not the oldest derby in Moscow, Spartak-CSKA is by far the fiercest and biggest with the most successful clubs of the Soviet and Post-Soviet era vying for dominance, and this could be the biggest Main Moscow Derby for years. Although last season's Spartak victory started the run that confirmed their first championship victory for 16 years, such a massive game after each teams' own … [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: 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...]

RFPL Week 6: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 15:30 BST: CSKA Moscow - Spartak Moscow By Will Baumgardner (@WillBaumRFN) Both Spartak and CSKA Moscow enter this heavyweight matchup with something to prove. Spartak, last season’s champions, enter the contest in a middling eighth place in the league. On the other hand, CSKA, who finished second last year, come into the matchup in a disappointing fifth place. Both teams will be looking to turn their seasons around in what is sure to be an exciting matchup at … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 5: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round, Wednesday 9:00 BST: Akhmat Grozny - FC Krasnodar By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Although not as imperious nor effective as early runaway leaders Zenit Saint Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, Akhmat Grozny and FC Krasnodar have arguably been playing some of the best football in the RFPL season thus far. The two teams from southern Russia meet in Grozny on Wednesday night, in what is set to be an exciting affair with ex-Krasnodar coach Oleg Kononov facing up against his … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 4: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round, Sunday 18:00 BST: Zenit St. Petersburg - Spartak Moscow By Martin Lowe (@PlasticPitch) This weekend’s belter pits the two pre-season favourites for the Russian Premier League title, with plenty of subplots to ponder in the run up. Reigning champions Spartak Moscow head to the Krestovsky to face Zenit St. Petersburg, a considerable gap behind the Northern powerhouse, with a certain trepidation, that defeat could see them fall 7 points behind the summit, after only 4 … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 3: Betting Advice & Previews

The Otkrytiye Arena during Spartak's home defeat to AEK Larnaca, feel's like an age ago now. Photo: Anton Akulov/RFN Match of the Round: Monday 17:30 BST Spartak Moscow - FC Krasnodar By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Spartak has begun their first Premier League title defence in unspectacular fashion, following consecutive draws with Dinamo Moscow and FC Ufa in the opening two weeks of the season. By complete contrast, Krasnodar has a 100% record from their two opening games thanks to … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Week 29: Betting Advice and Previews

From this spring, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we’ll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surround the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]