Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – Sheriff Tiraspol

This weekend saw Lokomotiv Moscow defeat the mighty Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 away, and the railroaders are now occupying the first place in the Russian Football Premier League for the first time since 2004. Yuri Semin's Lokomotiv have simply been fantastic domestically this season, but they are yet to copy this form to Europe. Lokomotiv are leading Europa League Group F, but after the first three games they still only have five points. They have drawn away against FC Copenhagen and Sheriff … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Sevilla – Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow travels to Spain on Tuesday night, facing off against Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. Despite the 5-1 thrashing two weeks ago at the Otkrytiye, it will be a difficult night for the Red-Whites. Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and will be able to call upon the services of star man Steven N'Zonzi, who has been influential in midfield for Los Rojiblancos so far this season. Spartak themselves are still on a thirteen match unbeaten run, scoring twelve goals in their last … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Rosenborg BK – Zenit St. Petersburg

Until recently Roberto Mancini had been totting up the wins in a relatively care-free fashion. His team sat happily atop of the Russian Football Premier League and boasted a perfect 100% win record in the Europa League group stage. Now, something no longer appears to add up; Zenit have failed to win in their last four domestic outings, and the latest 3-0 defeat saw the victors Lokomotiv Moscow emphatically dislodge Zenit from first place. The first game against Rosenborg BK came in the middle … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: FC Basel – CSKA Moscow

The previous meeting between these two results in a huge upset for the Muscovites as they succumbed 0-2 on their home soil. Tonight, the Rotblau host CSKA at St. Jakob-Park. The home team has been on fire for several weeks while CSKA has been in a constant loss of form after numerous disappointing performances, as they lost 0-1 to Arsenal Tula – not the London one – last Saturday. Basel could prove to be a turning point for CSKA who will face Lokomotiv, Rubin, and Spartak for the remainder of … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: FC Sheriff Tiraspol – Lokomotiv Moscow

Coming from the disappointing defeat against Ufa, Lokomotiv faces Sheriff this Thursday with a mixture of feelings. Despite leading Group F, the next two games against the Moldovan side are expected to be crucial to ensure qualification for the next round. The "Railwaymen" are in a decent form, having recorded three convincing wins in the last four games. Aside from Ufa, the atmosphere around Loko is great and very few people would have expected such a strong beginning of the season. However, to … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg – Rosenborg BK

Zenit conceded their first defeat of the Russian Premier League season on Sunday, against Arsenal Tula at home. A shocking defeat for the so far superior St. Petersburg outfit, who despite the loss, still remain first in the league. In the Europa League, Zenit has started their campaign with two wins out of two, beating Vardar 5-0 in Skopje, and Real Sociedad 3-1 in St. Petersburg. Norway’s best club, Rosenborg, are undefeated in their latest five games, with their latest defeat coming away … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – FC Basel

The Champions League hype train is coming to Moscow after Sevilla visited Spartak on Otkritiye Arena, Tomorrow night, CSKA faces FC Basel at the VEB-Arena. The match itself would be the first meeting between the two sides, although CSKA might have a good record against Swiss clubs. The most recent meeting with a Swiss club was just two months ago against BSC Young Boys in the UCL Play-off Round, with Alan Dzagoev, Georgi Shchennikov and an own goal granting the Army men a convincing 3-0 victory … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – Sevilla

Spartak Moscow host Eduardo Berizzo's Sevilla side at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday night. It is a key fixture for the home side, who are without a victory so far in the group stages. Spartak has won just two of their previous seventeen home games in the Champions League (D5, L10) and only kept one clean sheet in their last eighteen on home soil. However, have key players returning and are facing a makeshift Sevilla defence amidst an injury crisis. If Spartak takes their chances, may be able … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg – Real Sociedad

Thursday sees Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St. Petersburg host La Liga outfit Real Sociedad in their second match of the Europa League group stage, with both sides coming into this on the back of heavy victories in match day one. While Zenit are experiencing some strong domestic form of late (unbeaten this season, on the back of 6 successive clean sheets) Sociedad have lost their last three La Liga matches since their opening Europa League victory. Roberto Mancini was quick however … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Fastav Zlín

Yuri Semin is a club legend and this is now his fourth go at managing Lokomotiv Moscow. Fans long for a return to the days when he and the club were challenging brands like Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League; in the meantime, they will have to overcome FC Fastav Zlín. READ MORE: Yuri Semin - The Holy Man of Russian Football Lokomotiv, who finished eighth in the Premier League last season, appears to have enjoyed an unexpectedly successful start to their domestic campaign. … [Read more...]