Rubin Kazan hosts Krasnodar in round 27 of the Russian Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, July 9th at Central Stadium (Kazan)
Rubin has become synonymous with low-scoring football in recent years. This season, fewer than three goals were scored in 73% of its matches in the RPL. The attempt to fill the ranks with forwards failed. Ignatiev, who was shining in Krasnodar, didn’t score a single goal in seven matches without the support of his former partners. The hosts have no one to score, so their chance is to defend zeros.
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Krasnodar, which had difficulties with the preparation due to the coronavirus problems of rivals, has not gained the optimal shape yet. Wanderson is good, but it will be difficult for him to cope with the psychological burden - the unconverted penalty in the match with Zenit knocked the Brazilian down. Berg’s disqualification will leave the Bulls without a center forward, and the loss of Petrov will make the coach think more about the reliability of the right flank of defense.
The main argument against the low-scoring nature of the upcoming match is the “bright offensive game of the visitors”. But this season it more often exists in the heads of fans than on the field. It is no coincidence that less than three goals were scored in 8 out of 12 away matches of the Bulls. Moreover, this bet won in four out of five matches of Krasnodar in 2020, as well as in six out of eight previous head-to-head meetings of these clubs. You can laugh at Rubin’s attack as much as you want, but the main scorer Markov has as many goals as Shapi and Utkin - the best scorers of the Bulls at this stage. Therefore, I think the fans shouldn’t count on the abundance of goals in the upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored