Sochi hosts Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Cup quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, April 7th at Fisht Olympic Stadium (Sochi)
On the way to the Cup quarterfinals, Sochi overcame the resistance of Zvezda Perm (1-0), Orenburg (1-1 and 4-2 on penalties), and Krasnodar (2-1). In addition to the Cup, the White-Blues continue to fight in the RPL for a place in European Cups. There are only six rounds until the end of the season, and they are seventh in the championship standings and have 40 points. However, Sochi has not shown stable results in the last rounds. In four matches of the championship, Fedotov's team chalked up one victory, one draw, and two losses. Last Sunday Sochi lost to Rubin away (0-1). The teams showed equal statistics in terms of shots on goal (3-3) and on target (3-3). The outcome of the meeting was decided by the individual skill of Rudin’s winger, Khvichi Kvaratskhelia.
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Lokomotiv Moscow started in the Cup from the 1/8 finals stage. In the home game, the Red-Greens defeated the players of Tambov with a score of 3-0. Muscovites are holding a perfect segment after the season resumed. Lokomotiv won six official matches in a row with a total score of 14-1. The defense of Nikolic's team demonstrates excellent statistics – it kept a clean sheet in five out of six games. Thanks to this stability, Loko moved up to the third position in the standings with 43 points scored. On April 3, the Red-Greens dealt with Rotor Volgograd away (0-2) thanks to goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Rifat Zhemaletdinov. The visitors competently realized their class advantage, scoring after two out of three shots on goal.
The outcome of the upcoming meeting looks unpredictable, as each team has its trump cards. Lokomotiv is in great shape, and its defense is playing practically without mistakes. On the other hand, Sochi is very strong at home. The last time the White-Blues lost an official match at Fisht was in March 2020. Therefore, Sochi players, who slowed down in recent games, should not be underestimated. Both head-to-head meetings of this season turned out to be quite interesting, as the teams scored at least three goals. At least two goals have been recorded in five of the last six games with Loko's participation. The same scoring was in four out of six meetings of Sochi residents. We think that the teams will please with a decent number of goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 goals scored