Spartak vs Rubin Kazan by Joshboy

This match will be played in the Russian premier league. It will be played at Spartak's Otkrytiye Arena.


Spartak have started the season off with 4 points from 2 games. In their first game of the season they drew 1-1 at home with ufa. Then in their second match they got a great away win against Krasnodar. They won this match 1-0 with a goal from striker Yura Movsisyan. They also had a pretty good pre season with 3 wins and 1 loss. Spartak defenders Evgeni Makeev and Sergey Parshivlyuk will be missing for this match.


Rubin Kazan have started the season poorly. They lost their first match away to Cska 1-0 and there is no shame in that to be fair. Then in in their second match they lost a game they would of been expected to win, they lost at home 2-0 to Amkar. They did go down to 10 men in the 64th minute when centre back Solomon Kvirkvelia was sent off. They were however already 1-0 down by this point. Kazan also had quite a poor pre season as well playing out 3 losses and 1 draw. They do come into the match off of a good win in the Europa league qualifiers however. They beat Austrian side Sturm Graz 3-2 away from home. Kazan will have to contend with having important centre back Solomon Kvirkvelia suspended in this game following his sending off against Amkar.


Domestically Spartak have started the season a lot stronger than Kazan and are in better form. Kazan may of picked up some confidence from their win in Austria though but with that game played last Thursday plus the travel to Austria and back and knowing they are playing the 2nd leg In just 3 days time, this could all be a bit much for Kazan. We could see some tired players or maybe even some rotation in the team. The loss of Kvirkvelia could play its part as well.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Spartak BetVictor 1.75 7 1-0 WON (+5.25 units)
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