Spartak opened up the second part of the season with an important 2:0 victory away to Dynamo Moscow last weekend. Maybe even easier than what was expected they simply showed to be a more effective side in not such an interesting game overall.
They are now ten points behind the Europa League placed teams and can approach this one more relaxed, knowing that the chances of reaching Europe via Premier League aren't that big. However, an even better improvement was seen last Wednesday evening when they excluded local rivals from CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the Russian Cup.
In a fairly open game, it was they who looked way more effective and concrete, especially in the extra-time when they sealed the progress further.
Spartak Moscow team news
Offensive Schurrle (13/1) is injured, while midfielder Bakaev (18/4) remains doubtful coming from a concussion suffered.
Krasnodar comes from quite convincing 2:0 home victory over Ufa last Saturday afternoon. The goals were scored in the second halftime when the hosts upped their rhythm, via Berg in the 68th and Ari in the 83rd minute from the penalty spot.
The hosts were controlling the ball from the first minute, but real chances were missing in the first halftime. However, once the second half has started it was obvious that they are moving the ball in a far more concrete way and it was just a matter of time when the visitors would collapse.
Krasnodar now remains at the second position with eight points less than leaders from Zenit, but also three points more than third-placed FK Rostov in important Champions League group stage tickets race.
The guests team news
Central defender Spajic (15/1) is injured, as well as another central back Martynovich (15/1). Central back Fjoluson (9/0) is doubtful, same as midfielder Vilhena (17/2).
Krasnodar with no reason to stay back
Spartak is going into this one with a boosted morale after two victories in local derbies, while Krasnodar looked better during the whole season. The visitors know that they can't stay behind the ball now with improved Spoarak and I expect them to attack without much waiting also. Both to score seems like a very likely option.
Spartak Moscow vs Krasnodar betting tips
Both teams to score (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.90 at Bet365
Result: 0-1 LOST (-8 units)