CSKA Moscow 5-1-2, Lokomotiv Moscow 3-3-2
9/27/20 12 pm
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CSKA Moscow is hosting Lokomotiv Moscow in another Moscow derby in round 9 in the Russian Premier League.
CSKA hasn’t lost any of their last 5 games, and they are on a 4-game winning streak. CSKA is in 3rd place in the standings with 16 points, 14 scored goals, and 7 conceded goals. Nikola Vlasic has been CSKA’s best player with 4 goals and 2 assists, Kuchaev added another 4 goals and 1 assist. Bistrovic has added 2 more goals for CSKA so far this season. Nabakin, Fuchs, and Diveev are all injured, while Maradishvili is suspended because of the yellow cards. CSKA was playing against Ufa on the road in their latest Premier League match, and they were the better team with 64% of ball possession, 10 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a solid 84% if the correct passes. CSKA was struggling in the attacking end in this match, but they were finally able to penetrate Ufa’s defense in the 64th minute when Bistrovic scored a winning goal for CSKA. The last season wasn’t good for CSKA, and they ended up in 4th place, far away from the top, but it looks like CSKA is ready to challenge Lokomotiv and Zenit this season, and that is what makes the season interesting.
Lokomotiv is one of the best teams in Russia, but they have been struggling so far this season. Lokomotiv has only 3 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses. With 12 points, only 8 scored goals, and 6 conceded goals, Lokomotiv is in 7th place in the standings. In their latest match in the Premier League against Tambov at home, Lokomotiv has had 56% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 82% of accurate passes. With an early goal in the 7th minute, Lokomotiv has won this match 1-0. Miranchuk and Smolov have each scored 2 goals for Lokomotiv so far this season, while Zhivoglyadov and Rybchinskiy each added 2 assists. Rotenberg and Barinov are both injured, while Krychowiak is suspended because of the yellow cards. Lokomotiv is a good team, but they have started this season with a new coach, and so far, I don’t think they are happy with the way Lokomotiv is playing, or with their results. Lokomotiv has won the Premier League title in 2018, and they ended up in second place last season, which means Lokomotiv will be playing in the Champions League, but I don’t think they will have a good time.
CSKA is in far better form than Lokomotiv, and they are the favorite in this match. The trends are on CSKA’s side in this matchup. Lokomotiv has had some success against CSKA on the road, but I’m going to side with CSKA at home in this one because they are the better team, and in better form than Lokomotiv.