CSKA Moscow – Krasnodar
CSKA Moscow hosts Krasnodar in a match from the 27th round of the Russian Premier League. Let’s have a look at this clash in the capital of Russia.
CSKA are 3rd in the Premier League with 48 points won so far. They have a record of 14 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses since the beginning of the campaign. Viktor Goncharenko’s team started the season motivated to win the title, but right now CSKA are trailing on 8 points behind the leader Lokomotiv Moscow. This makes their dream of winning the gold medals nearly impossibe at this moment.
In their last five matches CSKA are inconsistent – three wins, one draw and one loss. They took all of the points against Akhmat, Rostov and Amkar, but lost against Dinamo Moscow and shared the points with Ufa. This is exactly the type of inconsistency which would stop CSKA from winning the title this season.
Meanwhile Krasnodar are 5th in the Premier League with 47 points. They have a record of 14 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats. In their last five games Krasnodar won twice, made two draws and lost once against Ufa at home.
The season was good for Krasnodar, given the fact that they are very close to ensure their qualification for Europa League. Right now they have 12 points advantage in front of the 6th Ufa, which shall be enough to finish in the Top 5 and qualify for Europe.
CSKA are slight favourites here, mainly because they are playing at home. But have it in mind that Krasnodar are a solid team, don’t be too quick to write them off. The truth is that this game is unpredictable at many levels. The difference between the two sides is just one point, which shall tell you how even these two sides are.