CSKA Moscow 2-0-1, Rubin Kazan 0-1-2
8/22/20 1 pm
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CSKA Moscow is hosting Rubin Kazan at VEB Arena in Round 4 in the Russian Premier League.
CSKA has ended the last season outside the Champions League zone, but they will be playing in the Europa League this season. The new season has started well for CSKA with 2 nice wins, but in their latest Premier League game against Zenit on the road, CSKA didn’t have a good time. They were the weaker team in that match with 39% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and 80% of the correct passes. CSKA has lost that match 2-1. With 6 points, 5 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals, CSKA is now in 5th place in the standings. Kuchaev has scored 2 goals for CSKA so far this season, while Vlasic, Shkurin, and Dzogaev each have 1 goal. Kuchaev and Sigurdsson both have 1 assist. Akhmetov and Dzogaev are both injured and will not be in the lineup for this match. CSKA was the best team in Russia for a long time, and I wouldn’t say that they have become a worse team, it’s more that the other teams have become better. CSKA is always close to the top of the table, and I expect the same this season, but I don’t think they can win the title.
Rubin is in terrible form, and they haven’t won any of their last 7 games. With only 1 point, Rubin is in 13th place in the standings, and if this terrible start is any indication, Rubin Kazan will not have a good season. Last season was decent for Rubin, and they were far from the relegation zone, in 10th place with 35 points, but their offense has been really bad with only 18 scored goals, while their defense was solid with 28 conceded goals. In their latest Premier League match against Sochi on the road, Rubin has had 56% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and solid 82% of the correct passes. This was a good game for Rubin where they had 1-2 lead until the 85th minute when Sochi tied the score to 2-2, and in the 91st minute, Rubin has conceded one more goal, and in the end, Rubin has lost this match 3-2. Ignatyev has scored 2 goals for Rubin Kazan in this early stage of the season, while Makarov added 1 goal. Kvaratskhelia has added 1 assist. Oleg Shatov is the only injured player for Rubin Kazan. Sure, this is a bad start for Rubin, but there is still plenty of time for them to get out of this slump, and to secure their spot in the Premier League, and maybe even get closer to the Europa League.
The trends are on CSKA’s side here, and they haven’t lost to Rubin when playing at home in their last 3 games. CSKA is the better team here with more quality and depth, and they will look to shake off the loss against Zenit earlier this week. I will side with the home team here, and that is CSKA.