Arsenal Tula hosts Lokomotiv Moscow in round 16 of the Russian Premier League. The match will be played on Monday, November 29th at Stadion Arsenal (Tula)
Arsenal Tula is fighting for survival. After 15 rounds, the team has only 13 points. The Gunners are in the 16th place in the standings. The gap to the saving 12th position is only two points. In the last round, Arsenal Tula was hammered by Dynamo Moscow with a score of 5-1. Thus, their streak without wins lasted up to four matches (three losses and one draw). The last victory was recorded in mid-October (over Zenit — 2-1). As a fighter for survival, Arsenal doesn't have the worst home stats. The Gunners earned ten points in eight matches (two wins, four draws, and two defeats with a goal difference of 8-10). It is Arsenal that is the most unreliable team in defense — 31 goals flew into their net.
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Lokomotiv Moscow sensationally lost to Akhmat in the last round of the Russian championship with a score of 1-2. A few days later, on November 25, the Railwaymen stumbled in the Europa League, losing to Lazio at home (0-3). As a result, Gisdol's charges lost their chances for the European spring. In the standings of the Russian championship, the capital team is now in 4th place. It scored 25 points in 15 rounds. The backlog from the Champions League zone is two points. Six previous matches in the Russian Premier League invariably ended with an exchange of goals scored. Lokomotiv is the only team in the RPL that has not lost away so far: two victories and six draws.
In the first round, Lokomotiv confidently beat Arsenal Tula at home with a score of 3-1. Six last head-to-head confrontations between Arsenal and Lokomotiv in Tula ended with “Both teams to score — no.” Now Arsenal has a chance to earn at least one point. As I noted earlier, the Gunners show a very decent level of football at their native stadium (two wins and four draws in eight matches). The Railwaymen are tired after the Europa League. In addition, the capital club has far from the best indicators on foreign pitches: only two wins in eight matches, with six draws. I would venture to be on the hosts to score at least one point.
Prediction for the match: Arsenal Tula to win with +0.5 handicap