Lokomotiv Moscow meets with Ural in the final of the Russian Cup. The match will be played on Wednesday, May 22nd at Samara Arena (Samara)
On its way to the final, Lokomotiv beat Baltika in the 1/16 finals, then coped with Yenisei in the 1/8 finals, but in the quarterfinal, Loko was hampered by a higher-class club – Rubin Kazan. However, the club from Moscow managed to beat its opponent and went further, where met with Rostov. The first leg of semifinals turned out to be scoring 2:2. But in the return match, Muscovites celebrated the success - 0:2.
The path of Ural to the finals. In 1/16 finals, Ural men coped with Neftekhimik not without difficulty. It beat Nizhny Novgorod more easily in the next round. In the quarterfinals, Spartak Moscow itself confronted the Yekaterinburg team, but Ural managed to cope with it in two games. More precisely, in a two-match standoff, since one of the matches ended in a draw, and Ural won in the second one, respectively.
Well, the same story was in the semifinals. Ural played two matches with Arsenal from Tula. The first game ended with the minimum win of Yekaterinburg, and the second one was tied in a hard game.
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I think a very interesting final awaits us. It will be a repetition of the match played two years ago. Then Lokomotiv sealed the fate of a very tense match at the end, scoring 2 unanswered goals in the last 20 minutes of the game and becoming the holder of the trophy.
Although being an outsider on paper, Ural will fight to the last. In general, I do not see an obvious favorite in the upcoming final. As for me, Lokomotiv has not much better chance of success. Yekaterinburg can win a trophy with the same probability.
The teams played the match of Russian Premier League on the 19th May. The game was a dead rubber in terms of tasks for the season in the Premier League. But in terms of rehearsal before the final, the match turned out to be a very interesting one. It ended in a draw - 2: 2. With that, Lokomotiv, which had opened the score, allowed Ural to take the first lead, nevertheless they missed the victory. I mean Ural men who played in the minority in the course of the game.
Loko is the favorite only because the team is more eminent against the background of Ural. Yes, the clubs are in different positions in the standings. Loko certainly has a stronger squad, but in view of volitional powers and fighting to the end, Ural is no worse than its competitors. Thus, they proved it, having beaten the famous Spartak.
Moreover, the teams always play aggressively in head-to-head meetings. Thus, in the last eight confrontations, Lokomotiv beat Ural with a difference of 2 goals just 2 times.
In this season, Yekaterinburg did not lose to the Muscovites at all, winning the first match in Moscow with a minimum score of 0:1 and playing a draw at home, as I have already noted (2:2).
Therefore, as befits the finals, the match must be tense and interesting. I do not exclude extra time. It may well take place.
Therefore, following the results of all of the above mentioned, I will assume that Ural will take the fight to Lokomotiv and will not lose with a difference of more than 1 goal. As for me, I am counting on a +0.5 handicap of the visitors, but I decided to insure my bet.
Prediction for the match: Ural to win with +1.0 handicap