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...]

RFPL Week 13: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 17:00 BST: FC Krasnodar - CSKA Moscow By Will Baumgardner (@WillBaumRFN) Krasnodar and CSKA come into this matchup tied for third place in the RFPL. Both squads have been in some middling form as of late, as Krasnodar have lost their last two games, while CSKA has drawn their last two. The winner of this game will gain a solid grasp on the third and final Champions League spot in the RFPL, so there is everything to lose. Krasnodar stadium had sold out its 34,000 … [Read more...]

International Preview: Russia – Iran

Friendly International – Kazan Arena, Kazan After the mess that was September’s hybrid friendly with Dinamo Moscow, this week sees Russia up their World Cup preparations with two home clashes with fellow guaranteed participants South Korea and Iran. After relatively easily dispatching South Korea 4-2 on Saturday, Sbornaya now faces Iran rejuvenated from Stanislav Cherchesov's policy of experimentation.   Tactical Approach As usual, Russia will lineup in their customary 3-5-2 … [Read more...]

International Preview: Russia – South Korea

After the mess that was September’s hybrid friendly with Dinamo Moscow, this week sees Russia up their World Cup preparations with two home clashes with fellow guaranteed participants South Korea and Iran. Martin Lowe is joined by Tim Lee from Korean football website Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors to run down Saturday’s clash in Moscow.   Russia By Martin Lowe (@PlasticPitch) Now into the final year of preparation ahead of the World Cup, Russia looks to be upping the nature of their … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 12: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Sunday 14:30 BST: Lokomotiv Moscow - Dinamo Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) Once again, it is time for a Moscow derby. This time the game is played in Cherkizovo, where Lokomotiv are hosting Dinamo. Both teams have struggled recently, so this game is the perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. Lokomotiv are in good form Under the guidance of Yuri Semin, Lokomotiv have developed a lot this season. They are now picking up points they would have lost last … [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...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – Manchester United

Following their impressive 2-1 victory away against SL Benfica in the opening match, CSKA Moscow returns to Russia. In the second match of the Champions League, they take on Manchester United, whom they last met in 2015. It does, however, look like a difficult match for the Army Men, who have been less than impressive in their last couple of outings. Last weekend, they drew 0-0 away against Dinamo Moscow, and before that, they suffered an embarrassing cup defeat to first division side Avangard … [Read more...]