Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – Liverpool

Spartak Moscow host Liverpool at the Otkrytiye Arena. History is not on their side, as the last time the two sides met in 2002/03, Liverpool won both games, including a 3-1 victory in Moscow. Spartak has likewise 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, this Liverpool side is very porous and if Spartak takes their chances, may be able to pull off a surprise result. Tactical … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 10: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 14:30 BST: CSKA Moscow – FC Rostov By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Emulate European Form? CSKA have begun the new season as somewhat of an anomaly. Usually, the Army Men prosper in the league but struggle in Europe, however, under Viktor Goncharenko that is far from the case. Already this season, CSKA have defeated Benfica away and Igor Akinfeev has recorded his first (and second) clean sheet in Europe. Domestic results have been a mixed bag, with an impressive … [Read more...]

Everything you need to know about: PFC CSKA Moscow

PFC CSKA Moscow is rooted in the Russian military. Formed as the Soviet Army’s official football club in 1911, the transliteration of their name from Russian - Central Sporting Klub of the Army - lends itself to the clubs initials and begets the club its nickname - ‘The Army Men’. It's other moniker - ‘Koni’ (horses) - is more widely used in Russia, and is a nod to their first stadium, built on an old Moscow racecourse. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the club became privately … [Read more...]

UCL Group A Opposition: Between Hope and Reality for CSKA

Less than 24 hours after CSKA clinched their way to Champions League Group Stage, UEFA held the group stage draw in Monaco. Since CSKA finished as the runner-up in the league – coupled with their low coefficients – they were placed in Pot 4 along with other minnows. SL Benfica, Manchester United, and FC Basel were drawn into group A to face the Army Men. Here we summmarise the other competitors in Group A, in order to visualize the competition as well as CSKA’s chance in the tournament. SL … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Crvena Zvezda – FC Krasnodar

First Playoff Round, Second Leg: Fyodor Smolov's Return? Last week’s Europa league clash between Krasnodar and Crvena Zvezda was a thriller. Featuring five goals, one improperly disallowed and scoring chances aplenty, there was no shortage of excitement at the Krasnodar Stadium. Krasnodar comes into this game with a deserved 3-2 lead after they controlled most of the game at their home arena. Though Krasnodar does have this lead heading to Serbia, Crvena’s two away goals mean that they are in a … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Zenit Saint Petersburg – FC Utrecht

First Playoff Round, Second Leg: Can Mancini's Stars Overturn the Deficit? Zenit will go into the Second Leg of their Europa League tie with Utrecht trailing, after a disappointing performance last week in Holland. Zakaria Labyad's second half header was well deserved for the home side, who troubled Zenit throughout. If Zenit does lose the tie, it will be a disaster for the Saint Petersburg side, after spending €81.3 on transfers thus far this window, including the signing of Emiliano Rigoni, … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – BSC Young Boys

Playoff Round, Second Leg: Group Stages in Sight Viktor Goncharenko's CSKA side will return to the VEB-Arena tonight for the Second Leg of their Group Stage Playoff's with BSC Young Boys. Can the Army Men make it five years of Group Stage Champions League football in a row? If they pull it off, it'll continue their impressive 100% in qualifying via the playoff route and go into the second leg on route to qualification after a 1-0 victory in Bern. A comical and disastrous - for the Swiss side - … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: FC Krasndar – Crzena Zvezda

First Playoff Round, First Leg: Bulls Bullish or Red Star Gleaming? Krasnodar enters this week’s Europa League match against Serbian side Crvena Zvezda in some spotty form. As of late, they have drawn against two potential relegation candidates in the RFPL. Between these disappointing draws came a last gasp victory over FC Akhmat, who is expected to challenge for European places this year. On top of their questionable form, injury concerns abound for Krasnodar, with some newcomers potentially … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: BSC Young Boys – CSKA Moscow

First Playoff Round, First Leg: Young Boys vs Old Boys? Young Boys By @FootballSwiss It was a mixed pre-season for Young Boys as they achieved some memorable wins and less than memorable defeats as they geared up for the new season. Lower league side Breitenrain, Salzburg and Russian side Grozny all defeated YB with Akhmat winning 4-1 at the beginning of the July. YB only managed two wins during their preparations with those coming against Wacker Innsbruck of Austria and more … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Ural

Ural will look back on 2016-17 as the season that could have been; reaching the Russian Cup Final for the first time was a momentous achievement for a side more accustomed to battling relegation than fighting for continental football, and the financial advantages a Europa League run would have brought could have offered extra security. As it is, they prepare to move into the redeveloped Centralniy Stadium later this year with a reasonably settled squad under the man who effectively resurrected … [Read more...]