Europa League Preview: Spartak Moscow – Athletic Club

Spartak Moscow - Athletic Club – Thursday 15 February, 18:00 GMT – Otkritie Arena, Moscow. Spartak Moscow failed to earn a seeding for the Europa League knockouts and thus are forced to faceoff against Group J winners Athletic Club. Athletic are a club with enormous heritage in the competition, having reached the semi-final in 2012, the quarters in 2014 and 2016, and star striker Aritz Aduriz is the fifth highest goalscorer in the competition's history with 28 in just 43 games - and has five … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: FK Crvena Zvezda – CSKA Moscow

Crvena Zvezda v CSKA Moscow – Tuesday, 15 February, 17:00 GMT – Marakana, Belgrade The Army Men are up against it in this first leg somewhat, facing their old enemy, Spartak Moscow's comrades, Red Star Belgrade. It is well-known that the Delije and Fratria are well-connected and interconnected with each other, as fans of each side are often found in each respective other team's away ends. Furthermore, the atmosphere at the Marakana is famously hostile and difficult for an away side, and CSKA … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

RFPL Round 17: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round - Saturday 13:30 BST: FC Krasnodar - Spartak Moscow By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) One-man team? Igor Shamilov has been under pressure at Krasnodar for some time now, however, two convincing wins over promoted sides SKA (4-1) and Tosno (3-1) has eased the pressure somewhat. This is largely in thanks to in-form Fedor Smolov, who now has six goals in his last four games for club and county (including four in two for Krasnodar). Krasnodar is essentially a one-man team right … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 16: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round – Sunday 13:30 BST: Lokomotiv Moscow - CSKA Moscow By David Sansun (@RFN_David) After dispatching Zenit St. Petersburg in Round 15, Lokomotiv now face cross-city rivals CSKA in what will be another massive test of their true title credentials. If they win, they would have defeated every single other side in the current top six, having already beaten the aforementioned Zenit, Krasnodar, Ural and Spartak, scoring eleven goals and conceding just four. The Giantkilling … [Read more...]