Khimki hosts FC Krylia Sovetov Samara in the Russian Cup 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Sunday, February 21st at Arena Khimki (Khimki)
Khimki reached the final in last year's national cup, where it lost to the eminent Zenit. Now the Red-Blacks play in the elite of national football, and they are in 11th place in the standings. Igor Cherevchenko's charges have not yet guaranteed themselves the preservation of their place in the Premier League, but the 11-point lead from the relegation zone provides them with a comfortable second part of the championship. In the winter, the club continued to operate in the transfer market and strengthened its roster. Dagerstal and Sebai were signed on a permanent basis, and the talented Glushenkov was loaned from Spartak Moscow. Idowu, Kukharchuk, Troshechkin, Tikhiy, and Lantratov are the leaders of modern Khimki. And the team looks strong even at the RPL level.
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The Samara club occupies second place in the FNL standings and claims to be promoted. FC Krylia Sovetov has a good combination of experience and youth, which helps it to demonstrate stable results. Igor Osinkin managed to build a good defense, which has not been noticed in the team from Samara for a long time. In the winter test matches, Krylia Sovetov predominantly defeated their rivals. The coaching staff counts on really interesting players who are already ready to play in the elite (Chernov, Zeffane, Sergeev, Zinkovskiy, and Kabutov). In the current season, Krylia Sovetov invited a whole group of players from the Chertanovo academy. Among the newcomers, it is worth highlighting Yezhov, Sarveli, Tsipenko, Vitiugov, Lomaev, and Gorshkov.
The upcoming game promises to be tense, as the advancement to the quarterfinals of the tournament is at stake. The statistics of head-to-head matches of these clubs speaks in favor of the team from Samara - five wins in the last five meetings. Khimki will be more focused on matches in the RPL, where the team will have to defend the right to be among the best teams in Russian football. Therefore, we will give a slight advantage to the visitors.
Prediction for the match: FC Krylia Sovetov Samara to win with +0.5 handicap