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...]

International Preview: Russia – Argentina

We are finally here, and I don't know about you but with the newly refurbished Luzhniki Stadium at long last finally open, it seems like the excitement for the World Cup is full steam ahead. As such, Russia's International Friendlies take a real turn during this break, with two daunting opponents in Argentina and Spain, who have both qualified for the 2018 World Cup already. If Russia is to progress beyond the Group Stages of the tournament, they'll likely face teams of this calibre later in the … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 16: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round – Sunday 13:30 BST: Lokomotiv Moscow - CSKA Moscow By David Sansun (@RFN_David) After dispatching Zenit St. Petersburg in Round 15, Lokomotiv now face cross-city rivals CSKA in what will be another massive test of their true title credentials. If they win, they would have defeated every single other side in the current top six, having already beaten the aforementioned Zenit, Krasnodar, Ural and Spartak, scoring eleven goals and conceding just four. The Giantkilling … [Read more...]

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...]

RFPL Round 15: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round - Sunday, 13:30 BST: Zenit St. Petersburg - Lokomotiv Moscow By Ben Clark (@dinoben_) As this weekend brings a close to the first half of the Russian Premier League season, it's fitting that the top two play against each other. Zenit, who host the game on Sunday, won't be knocking over any glasses with their current standing. In fact, people are more surprised at the fact that they come into this game second. It's their visitors on Sunday who can boast that … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 14: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round - Sunday, 14:30 BST: CSKA Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg By Ilya Sokolov (@lokosokol) Two of the RFPL's elite sides meet this weekend, with Zenit arguably facing the biggest test of their new-found attacking flair this season. They have faced a so-so Krasnodar under Igor Shalimov and an underperforming Spartak side early in the season, but Viktor Goncharenko's settled and well-drilled side may become a stumbling block at home in front of a rocking crowd at the Grigory … [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...]