Rostov vs FC Tambov (By: StDimi)
Second-placed Rostov will host Tambov, a team second from the bottom, at Rostov Arena.
Why did I choose a home win here?
Firstly, Rostov is the best home team in the league. They have 6 wins and 1 draw and goal difference 14:5. Sometimes they start these games a little bit slowly being with a goal behind like it happened against Rubin and Akhmat, but they always find the right solution how to get the final win in front of their home crowd. There is also a second option- to start strongly and get a comfortable win with two or three goals difference. They missed two points at home only against Spartak(2:2), but it happened in July, a long, long time ago.
Secondly, Tambov is second from the bottom. They escaped from the last place after beating Sochi(1:2) in a direct game between the worst teams in the league till now. That was their first away win for the season, while in the other 6 away games, they recorded 2 draws and 4 wins. Two of the draws were against Akhmat(another team in the relegation zone) and Orenburg(a team a little bit over the relegation places). Against the very best in the league, they just don't have a real chance to compare, because they miss quality in the squad. Rostov is usually not amongst them, but this season they perform very stable and it's very possible to grab the three points at home against Tambov.
Thirdly, Tambov beat Rostov in September with 2:1 at home and this game is looking like a good chance for revenge by Rostov. George Melkandze scored both goals for Tambov in this game, but now he is injured and doubtful for tomorrow. If he is out of the team or on the bench, this will be a big blow for Tambov. Ishkhan Geloyan is also injured, while the forward Olabiran Muyiwa is on international duty with Nigeria. Rostov will be without the suspended Ivelin Popov(AMF), Roman Eremenko(FW) and Dmitriy Chistyakov(DEF).
All at all, I expect Rostov to continue with their strong home performances and this time they have a good opponent to take another three points. Shomurodov and Ionov will be the main players to watch in their team after Eremenko and Popov and out of the team because of 4 yellow cards from the start of the season. It's possible for the hosts to take a minimal win in this game, something like 1;) or 2:1, but if they play the way they can against an opponent in the relegation zone, then we can see much more comfortable win for Rostov. I think -1AH for the hosts' worths a try here.
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Rostov vs FC Tambov prediction
1 (-1AH)Odds: 2.03 at Pinnacle
Result: 1-2 LOST (-9 units)
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