Spartak Moscow take on the visitors Krasnodar at "Otkrytie Arena" in the matchday three of the Russian Premier League. The game will be played in Moscow on Monday, July 31st.
Last season Spartak Moscow finally gained the long-awaited champion title of the Russia's Premier League, however, on the eve of their return to the UEFA Champions League "Narodnaya komanda" acts passively on transfer marker without enforcing the squad's line-up. As a result, Spartak Moscow started the current season with two draws: 2:2 vs. Dynamo Moscow and 0:0 vs. Ufa, both that teams were weaker than Spartak Moscow in all aspects and the Moscow side had to take three points in each of these clashes. It should be noted that Spartak Moscow show strong football at their home field, having not been broken since the 25th of September 2016 across 10 encounters in a row with all of these games having been won.
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Unlike the last season's champion, Krasnodar entered the new season with three consecutive triumphs, scoring two goals in each of them. "Byki" defeated Rubin Kazan 2:1 and Tosno 2:0 in the Russia's Premier League while entering the UEFA Europa League with 2:1 victory over Danish Lyngby last Thursday. Play on the road has been Krasnodar's weak point since the club was established: Igor Shalimov's side earned five wins, four draws and three losses in 12 away matches in 2017.
Spartak Moscow have not been beaten by Krasnodar across last four official head-to-heads plus they showed solid football in face of their fans during the last year not giving their opponents any chance to gain even a point in Moscow. The forthcoming fight may become a decisive one for the hosts in terms of gaining this season's champion title and they cannot afford themselves losing points.
Prediction for the match: Spartak Moscow to win.