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...]

Europa League Preview: Fastav Zlín – Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Fastav Zlín v Lokomotiv Moscow – Thursday, 7 December, 18:00 GMT – Ander Stadium, Olomouc. Lokomotiv Moscow are under pressure before the last game of the Europa League group stage. Despite their dominance in the domestic Premier League, the Railroaders have been sloppy in Europe, and they are now in danger of elimination. Lokomotiv will advance to the next round of the Europa League if: They defeat Fastav. They draw against Fastav and FC Copenhagen beats Sheriff Tiraspol exactly … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Real Sociedad – Zenit St. Petersburg

Real Sociedad v Zenit St. Petersburg - Thursday, 7 December 20:05 GMT - Estadio de Anoeta, San Sebastián. Zenit St. Petersburg have already qualified for the Europa League knockout stages, joining both Spartak and CSKA in the next round. However, they now must travel to Spain in a direct shootout with Real Sociedad for first place. This is the most straight-forward of all games involving Russian sides in terms of permutations; Zenit simply must not lose in order to be seeded for the knockout … [Read more...]

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...]

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: 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...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Copenhagen

This Thursday’s Europa League clash between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen is of high importance. Lokomotiv are sitting a surprising third in the group after their shocking loss to Sheriff Tiraspol in their last Europa League fixture. Meanwhile, Copenhagen sit atop the group on goal difference, one point ahead of Lokomotiv. So far this season, Lokomotiv’s fine league form has yet to translate to their Europa League campaign. In the Premier League, Lokomotiv are in first place, three points … [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...]