Preview: Russia v Ivory Coast

Ahead of this week's friendly with Ivory Coast in Krasnodar, we've teamed up with Salim Said from African football website Sandals for Goalposts to give us the lowdown on Les Elephants, while we consider Sbornaya's prospects, three games from this summer's Confederations Cup. Russia On the back of a humbling away defeat to Qatar and a mediocre, dare I say lucky victory over Romania back in November, Russia embark on March’s brace of internationals against Ivory Coast and Belgium in … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 20

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 surrounds the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 18

With the Russian Football Premier League set to return today, 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 surrounds the beautiful game in … [Read more...]

Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg – Anderlecht

Zenit (0) v (2) Anderlecht, Thursday 6pm GMT, St Petersburg First Leg Mircea Lucescu didn’t fare quite so well with reacquainting his players with competitive action after the enforced winter layoff as a thunderbolt double from Frank Acheampong put the Belgians marginally in control of this tie. Zenit were ponderous, wasteful in possession and disjointed in attack, so there is plenty to work on ahead of the return leg if Russia’s strongest squad left in Europe is to continue their … [Read more...]

Preview: Sparta Prague – FC Rostov

Sparta Prague (0) v (4) Rostov, Thursday First Leg In the preview for the first leg in Russia, we asked whether Rostov could continue their European adventure, and it’s safe to say that Kurban Berdyev’s men replied in the perfect way. Goals from Miha Mevlja, Dmitry Poloz, Christian Noboa and Sardar Azmoun secured a 4-0 victory, which should be more than enough for Rostov to book a ticket to the next stage of the tournament. After 32 minutes, with the score 1-0 to the home team, … [Read more...]

Preview: Fenerbahce – FC Krasnodar

Fenerbahce (0) - (1) Krasnodar, Wednesday 5pm GMT, Istanbul First Leg Krasnodar shook off winter break rustiness to take a slender advantage back to Turkey thanks to debutant Viktor Claesson’s diving header just three minutes into the game in Russia last week. Fenerbahce offered very little threat going forwards as they failed to score a crucial away goal which may prove to be decisive. meanwhile, Cristian Ramírez was a revelation on his debut offering as much threat going forwards as … [Read more...]

FC Rostov – Sparta Prague Preview: Can the European Adventure Continue?

Following a long and boring winter break, FC Rostov are eager to get back to competitive football, and continue the impressive European campaign that has already seen them defeat Bayern Munich and finish third in their Champions League group ahead of PSV Eindhoven. Rostov face Czech giants Sparta Prague, and will have deliver their absolute best to avoid facing suffering defeat like FC Krasnodar did against the same opponents last season. Top strikers on a defensive team Although Rostov’s … [Read more...]

Krasnodar – Fenerbahce Preview: A Chance for the New Boys to Shine

After a long winter break that saw some key business done for FC Krasnodar, they resume competitive action against Turkish giants Fenerbahçe on Thursday night, looking to improve on last season’s capitulation to Sparta Prague at the same stage. Russian clubs traditionally perform poorly in the knockout stages of continental competition, with many blaming the extended lack of match fitness, but with qualification for next year’s Europa League in the balance, Igor Shalimov’s side will be desperate … [Read more...]

Anderlecht – Zenit Preview: Can Zenit Continue Their European March?

After winning five out of their six Europa League matches this season, Zenit found themselves comfortably on top of Group D, and more importantly, through to the Round of 32. Their opponents, Anderlecht, on the other hand, came second in a group that featured Saint-Étienne, Mainz 05 and Gabala FK, with Saint-Étienne taking the top spot. Today we take a look at Zenit’s chances of progression into the next round of the tournament, and the physical condition of the team coming in to the first leg, … [Read more...]

Russia – Romania Preview: Can Cherchesov’s Men Bounce Back?

When Akhmat Arena in Chechnya’s capital Grozny hosts Russia’s exhibition match against Romania on Tuesday, it will become the 14th Russian stadium to host Sbornaya since the fall of the Soviet Union. And despite the recent poor run of results, the Chechens seems excited to welcome the national team to the republic for first time, as the hosts have already sold out all the tickets for the game. The national team coming to the game however could very well end up disappointing the high hopes of … [Read more...]