Arsenal Tula vs CSKA Moscow by Isaiah
It could be said that Arsenal Tula is having more than decent start in the season with five victories, two draws and seven defeats, but since the league is pretty much equal, they are just three points above play-out placed Dynamo Moscow and are nowhere safe in the relegation battle, but are at the same time just four points behind Europa League placed Spartak Moscow.
After two great achievements and two great victories against much more favorites Krasnodar and Zenit Petersburg, the players of Arsenal didn't manage to answer in a proper way away to Anzi Makhackala last weekend suffering 3:2 defeat. It was very open game and must be said that the visitors did more in attack, however lacked better effort in the final touch, also more initiative when the result was equal (hosts took the lead in seventh minute via Samardzic, Tkachev leveled up before the halftime whistle), while hosts exploited good start in the second and reached the victory with goals from Khubulov and Guliev, while talented Djurdjevic reduced the deficit in 65th minute, but without getting the equalizer later on. in front of own fans, Arsenal has two consecutive victories and surely want to continue the momentum, but knowing that the draw would also be a positive outcome for them.
Midfielder Danila Buranov is long term absentee without performing so far in the season, while they have central back Stoppila Sunzu (13/1) and left full back Mihail Aleksandrov (10/0) set as doubtful for this one.
CSKA, on the other side, can't be completely satisfied with their entrance into the domestic season, as the side sits at third position with four points less than leading duo from Lokomotiv Moscow and Zenit Petersburg, having seven victories, four draws and three defeats for now, but with plenty of time to revert the things and improve even furtehr in the title battle.
Most recently, they come from a goalless draw at home against Zenit last weekend, in a match where they actually looked much more threatening and dangerous, but simply that leading goal never came. They were especially better in the first halftime and deserved the lead, while the visitors looked better in second but without much of concrete chances created. This was third draw in last four matches for CSKA, as the side remains undefeated in Premier League in last six matches. They are having impressive 4-2-0 record on the road and surely want to continue with such outcomes when they visit Tula.
Forward Alan Dzagoev (11/1) is doubtful for this one still having Achilles tendon injury. Central midfielder Pontus Wenbloom (13/0) is suspended after picking his fourth yellow card in the season last time out.
- CSKA Moscow has won last seven matches against Arsenal Tula.
Arsenal Tula impressed in some of previous matches, but walking away with something against CSKA would be too much in my eyes. Visitors are way better in attack, having much more quality individuals and most importantly, they do defend counter attacks pretty well, also having rock solid back with five clean sheets in a row in Premier League - it's something that should make them even bigger visitors than what the odds suggest.