CSKA Moscow 10-1-3, FC Sochi 6-5-3
11/22/20 6 am
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CSKA Moscow is welcoming FC Sochi to VEB Arena in round 15 in the Russian Premier League.
CSKA has been playing well in the Premier League as of late, and they haven’t lost any of their last 5 games in that competition. With this streak, CSKA has climbed to second place with 31 points, same as Zenit at the top but with a game less played. Defensively, CSKA has been the best team in Russia with only 10 conceded goals in 14 games, while they have been solid with 27 scored goals. In their last Premier League game against Rostov at home, CSKA has had 53% of ball possession, 9 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 73% of the correct passes. CSKA has scored 1 goal in each half, and they have deservedly won this game 2-0. Vlasic has been CSKA’s best player so far this season with 6 goals and 4 assists, while Kuchaev also has 6 goals. Chalov has added 2 goals and 4 assists. Nababkin, Fuchs, and Diveev are all injured, and they will miss this game. CSKA is also playing in the Europa League, but they are yet to win a game in that competition. Alongside Zenit, CSKA is the best team in Russia, and they will look to get the title back into their hands this season, and they have the quality to do so.
Sochi has been hot and cold this season, and they are in 7th place in the standings with 23 points, 22 scored goals, and 20 conceded goals in 14 games. Sochi’s defense is terrible this season, one of the worst in the league. Sochi was hosting Ufa in their latest Premier League game, and they have had 56% of ball possession in that game, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 76% of accurate passes. Sochi got ahead in the 53rd minute, but they conceded a penalty kick in the 87th minute, which Ufa turned into a goal. The final score of this game was 1-1. Noboa is the leading goalscorer for Sochi with 7 goals, while Burmistrov added 4 goals. Zabolotnyi and Mevlja each added 3 goals. Nabiullin, Joaozinho, and Margasov each have 2 assists. Pomerko, Barsov, Popov, and Kalugin are all injured, while Koldunov is suspended. Sochi was lucky to escape the relegation zone last season, and judging by their defense this season, Sochi will not have a good time. Sochi’s defense is absolute crap this season, and despite being in decent form, Sochi is not a good team.
CSKA is the better team here, and they have never lost to Sochi. CSKA hasn’t lost any of their last 5 home games. I know that CSKA is playing in the Europa League next week, but with a win here they will take over the top of the table. I’m siding with CSKA at home.