CSKA vs Spartak: prediction for the Russian Premier League match
CSKA started the new season under the leadership of Alexei Berezutsky. The new manager has struggled to deliver results at the start of the season. After seven rounds, CSKA are on the ninth line in the table, which hardly satisfies their ambitions. At the same time, their situation has not yet become hopeless: five points separate CSKA from the Champions League zone, and four points - from the Europa League zone.
After two victories in a row over Rostov (3:1) and Akhmat (2:0), CSKA stumbled over Zenit. The Army men lost to the reigning champions in Saint Petersburg (0:1). In the last round, CSKA only managed a draw against one of the main outsiders of the Premier League, Arsenal Tula (2:2).
Spartak, like their rivals, had an unsuccessful start in the Premier League. Rui Vitoria's team currently occupies only eighth place in the table with 10 points in the asset, which is the same as CSKA, who are right behind them. The Red-Whites surely also hope to get European football next year, but they are four points behind the fifth Rubin.
After two games without victories against Arsenal (1:1) and Sochi (1: 2), Spartak won the long-awaited 3:1 victory over Khimki in the last round. However, a few days later, the Red-Whites suffered another defeat. Legia beat Spartak in the Europa League game (0:1). Now Spartak find themselves in a very difficult position before the games against Napoli and Leicester.
This score was recorded in 3 of the last 7 games of CSKA.
CSKA conceded in the second half in the last 2 games.
In 2 of the last 3 home games of CSKA, this bet played.
CSKA have problems in defense. They kept a clean sheet in only one of the last six games. Spartak also have problems, but they look fresher and faster than CSKA. Their squad is also stronger on paper, so we are convinced that they have a better chance to win this fixture.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) to Spartak.
CSKA lost a number of key players and so far look poor without them, especially in defense. Spartak will try to win three points here, and will look to take advantage of the opponents' mistakes. However, we do not expect a crushing defeat.
Second bet - Spartak to win by 1 goal.