Spartak Moscow hosts CSKA Moscow in round 6 of Russian Premier League. The match will be played on Monday, August 19th at Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow)
Spartak gained three consecutive victories. But at the same time, they conceded in all three matches. With the purchase of Schurrle, home football has changed a lot. Till and Larson will profile themselves. Yes, there were questions concerning the first half of the game with Thun, but there are positive changes in the hosts' game. However, all this is at the level of depressing Akhmat and the more than modest Swiss team. So let's check what Spartak is capable of in a derby and whether the claims for anything else besides the struggle for fifth place are justified. After the departure of Fernando, the team surely needs a good pivot to fix things in the defensive line. And if it’s quite difficult to talk about an unconditional victory over CSKA, it’s quite possible to score a point in the home field. In general, it is a little different Spartak than appeared before us in the game with Tambov.
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Surprisingly, CSKA scores a little so far. Only 4 goals. A Defeat to Krylya Sovetov and a faceless draw with Sochi. But the team concedes a little. I would proceed directly from its rivals, and Goncharenko’s men didn’t have serious ones so far, not to mention Lokomotiv. And the results of the away matches in 2019 cannot please the fans - the defeats to Krasnodar, Zenit, Arsenal. The young team of CSKA does not include masters like the same Schurrle. And the lack of a game in the middle of the week can hardly be considered an advantage.
It is always impossible to predict anything in a derby. Yes, the coach of Spartak needs to make changes because inexplicable failures sometimes happen in the defense. But CSKA will not play defense first what is in the Red-whites interests. I like newcomers so far, and they like pressure on the alien half of the field. At a minimum, Kononov’s squad cannot be considered the underdog of the upcoming confrontation. A lot will depend on the individual actions of the players. It seems that their class is a little higher in Spartak.
Prediction for the match: Spartak Moscow to win with +0.5 handicap