One of the central matches of the fifth round of the Russian championship will be held in Kazan, where local Rubin will host the Moscow team Lokomotiv. Bookmakers are on the future hosts’ side in this couple, which managed to defeat the Moscow side CSKA away in the previous round. But Loko also should not be underestimated, the team knows, how to play well away, the men from Moscow are currently leaders of the RFPL, alongside Zenit.
Rubin have already had four matches within the RFPL’s 2017-18 season, in which the team from Kazan managed to get two victories with two defeats. The losses were registered against Krasnodar and Zenit, the victories were over Arsenal and CSKA. Prior to the upcoming game Rubin are on the seventh position in the Russian football championship’s tournament table, the team has six gained points in the asset.
Little who expected such a rapid start of the season from Loko. After four played rounds, the team has managed to gain 12 points. Lokomotiv defeated Arsenal from Tula, CSKA, Anzhi and SKA-Khabaravosk. One might say, that the Railroaders are a bit lucky with the calendar, but Semin’s men themselves had a good period. The men from Moscow look well in offense and very active on standards.
In the upcoming game against Rubin Kazan, Lokomotiv will do everything possible to gain points. It will be hard to count on a victory in the capital of Tatarstan, but Semin’s coaching staff is probably hoping for a draw. Rubin, in their turn, conceded in every single one of four played matches in the RFPL, therefore, there is a possibility, that Rubin will concede a goal.
Prediction for the match: Lokomotiv to score