Spartak vs Arsenal Tula
Spartak Moscow host Arsenal Tula in the 11th round of Russian Premier Liga at Otkritie Arena.
Spartak Moscow are steadily finding their right form and now they are 7th in the table, but with a win they can progress to the 2nd or 3rd position, depends on Krasnodar's result. Their performance at home has nothing in common with the champions season(2016/17). OK, they started with three home wins, but in the last two they lost twice against Akhmat(1:2) and Rostov(0:1). The EL matches have their role together with the cup, because they need to make more changes to have fresh starting line-ups for the euro tournament, but still the season is not so good for Spartak. They need wins to progress in the table and home game like this needs to be won pretty easily, although they have EL match on Thursday. Still they will have 4 days to rest, so I expect to use their best for this game. Gigot is out for the hosts, while questionable are Kutepov, Petkovic and Selikhov.
Arsenal Tula are sitting in the relegation zone, not very comfortable places for sure. They are with 1 draw and 3 losses away from home and now they will have really difficult job to visit Spartak. Berkhamov will miss the game due to an ankle injury for Arsenal together with Mihail Aleksandrov.
The quality is with the hosts for sure, H2H Spartak are perfect at home against this opponent in the recent years, even without a received goal, but the moment form is not so much in Spartak's favour. The hosts need to convince their fans they are not in any kind of crisis and can start with a really positive row of results combining EL and the domestic league. They sold/returned a few important players and that had an influence, but still they can rely on Ze Luis, who is the main striker of the team.
After what happened with Mamaev and Kokorin, I chose to miss playing this round any of Zenit or Krasnodar matches, because really don't know what is the mood in these clubs. Easy or hard, I believe Massimo Carrera's team will prevail over Arsenal Tula at home, even if it happens with 1:0. The class of the home team players has to say its word in the end.
Spartak vs Arsenal Tula prediction
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