Lokomotiv Moscow hosts Tambov in the Russian Cup 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Sunday, February 21st at RZD Arena (Moscow)
Failure in the Champions League and weak performance in the championship - such results of Marko Nikolic at the coaching post of Lokomotiv cannot but upset the club's management. In the RPL. Steam Locomotives occupy the intermediate 8th place in the standings. Considering the task of getting into the Champions League zone, this is a complete failure for the capital club. In the winter, Loko tried to strengthen the troubled defensive line by signing a contract with Brazilian Pablo from French Bordeaux. An experienced defender must become the team leader. The rest of Lokomotiv’s line-up remained unchanged. In the second part of the season, the skilled Anton Miranchuk, Ze Luis, Smolov, Krychowiak, Baranov, and Kamano should take leadership qualities upon themselves.
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In the previous season, Tambov managed to maintain its place in the elite of Russian football. The current championship is difficult for Sergey Pervushin's charges, and they take the last line in the standings. And it will be hard for Tambov to count on good results in the Russian Cup. The team needs to focus as much as possible on maintaining the registration in the elite division. In winter, Tambov arranged the dissolution of the team and let 15 players go. In return, the bosses loaned Kozlov and transferred a number of players from the youth squad to the main roster. The future of this club is still in question, given the personnel changes. Among the current players of Tambov, it is worth highlighting Karasev, Shakhov, Kilin, and Ryzhikov. An experienced goalkeeper will have to repeatedly save his partners from conceded goals.
Due to the staffing situation in the Wolves’ camp, their prospects to give a competitive battle to the Moscow grandee tend to zero. Lokomotiv will hold the initiative in the match with the RPL outsider. And the hosts are likely to please their fans with a confident victory.
Prediction for the match: Lokomotiv Moscow to win with -1.5 handicap