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...]

RFPL Week 2: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round: Friday 17:30 BST CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) Both CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow started the season off perfectly with victories. The Army Men defeated Anzhi Makhachkala 3-1 away, while the Railroaders won 1-0 at home against Arsenal Tula. Both opponents are expected to finish in the lower half of the league, so it is now time for the first major challenge of the 2017/2018 Premier League season. Crucial period for the Army … [Read more...]

Spartak Moscow – Lokomotiv Moscow Super Cup Preview

As usual, the Russian football season kicks off with the annual Super Cup game between the league champions and the cup winners. This season the game is between local rivals Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow, and it is set to be a hotly contested affair, while the intensity of the match on the pitch should be matched by the intensity in the stands. The newly renovated Lokomotiv Stadium is the venue for the match, and all officials involved are expecting a sellout crowd of around 27,000, which … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Rostov

What a difference 12 months makes. Last summer, Rostov were flying higher than they’d ever done before having qualified for their first Champions League campaign and only missed out on the title by a single goal, with arguably Russian football’s best tactician masterminding success from the sidelines. Fast forward to 2017, and their entire project is crumbling to pieces; 13 players (at the time of writing) have left the club, Kurban Berdyev has returned to his former home in the Rubin Kazan, and … [Read more...]

Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – Portugal

Russia will look to build on their 2-0 opening-day win over New Zealand when they play European champions Portugal in Moscow. The match will be played at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, usually known as Otkritie Arena, and the hosts go into the game with confidence against a Portuguese side that drew 2-2 with Mexico on Sunday. Last time out In St. Petersburg, Russia’s Confederations Cup campaign got off to the perfect start thanks to a Denis Glushakov-forced own goal and a Fedor Smolov … [Read more...]

Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – New Zealand

On Saturday evening, Russia kick off the Confederations Cup, when they take on Oceanian champions New Zealand in the opening fixture at St. Petersburg Stadium. We have teamed up with Ola Bjerkevoll from FootballOceania.com for this preview. Russia By John Gorrod (@John_CRFC) Russia’s Confederations Cup campaign kicks off against New Zealand in St Petersburg – and nothing but a win will suffice. The tournament is being viewed as a chance for Sbornaya to banish the ghosts of the disastrous … [Read more...]

Preview: Hungary – Russia

Monday afternoon, Russia play their first of two friendlies prior to the Confederations Cup at home field. Having started their preparations in Austria on training camp, Sbornaya have travelled to Budapest, where they take on Hungary. RFN has teamed up with the Tomasz Mortimer (@TMortimerFtbl) of Hungarianfootball.com for this preview.  Hungary By Tomasz Mortimer (@TMortimerFtbl) Hungary head into their game on Monday night against Russia with a depleted squad almost completely devoid of … [Read more...]