Russian Premiere League: Lokomotiv Moscow v FC Krasnodar

By on August 5, 2014

Lokomotiv Moscow will kick start their 2014/15 campaign against FC Krasnodar at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Sunday night as both sides look to get off to a good start and improve on last year’s success.

Lokomotiv Moscow finished 3rd in the Russian Premier League last season, just five points behind eventual champions CSKA Moscow. They progress they have made in the last few seasons will give them lots of confidence ahead of this campaign and every one from the cpaching staff to the individual players will be well aware that if they can come within five points of the Russian Champions, they can try and win the title as well. That will be their goal for this campaign. Apart from that, they will be focused on finishing in one of the Champion’s League spots as well. Their goals for this season are very much a possibility but they must start the season off on a high note if they are to gain a foothold in the league table from the start. If they can get all three points from this one, they will go straight to the top of the table alongwith all the other teams winning their opening games allowing them to get a base on which they can work in the coming weeks. They are up against a tough Krasnodar side that finished 5th in last year’s campaign and this game will definitely not be an easy one therefore both the coaches will settle for a draw as well but their main focus will be to get all three points.

Lokomotiv Moscow’s main strength last season was their brilliant defensive tactics. The backline defended as a unit with lots of chemistry between the players allowing them to get great results. The coach will be hoping that the team can display the same solidarity this season as well. Furthermore, Lokomotiv Moscow have made numerous attacking singings as well so we can expect some attacking football from them as well to augment the defense.

Krasnodar finished last season in a very unexpected way. They weren’t the favorites by any means to finish in the top 5 however, some great displays from the team saw them finish the season at 5th in the final league standings. With 50 points from 30 games, they finished just 2 points behind 4th placed Dynamo Moscow and nine points behind 3rd placed, and their opponents for this game, Lokomotiv Moscow. The belief and the confidence in the camp will be very high ahead of the new season and this could be a very interesting year for them. They are slowly turning into a really strong side and if they keep on progressing in the same manner they might surprise many this season. They have an exciting lineup of players and have made some signings in the off season as well and if the new players can gel together with the existing ones, the can achieve a much higher position in the league table. However, they will be taking it one step at a time and their main target for this season would be a Champion’s League playoff spot. They are up against a very tough side in their opening game and might settle for a draw as well but they will set out to get all three points from this game as they know they can get an upset in this game.

Krasnodar are in the Europa League Qualifying 3rd Round currently and are competing with Diosgyor. They will play their 2nd Leg game on 7th August after winning the 1st leg by 5-1. Although their result from the 1st game was impressive and they are more than through to the next round, they still won’t take chances for that game either and the manager’s team selection for this game against Lokomotiv, could be effected by the upcoming game four days later.

Lokomotiv Moscow will be without Dmitriy Tarasov for this game who is out with an injury. Alan Kasaev and Manuel Fernandez could very well make their debuts in this game whereas Jan Duric is set to start this game ahead of new signing Nemanja Pejcinovic.

FC Krasnodar will have to make do without Pavel Mamev who is out with an injury. New signing Odil Ahemdov is set to be handed a start in central midfield amidst all the competition.

DATE: August 3, 2014

TIME: 6:30 PM BST

VENUE: Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia

REFEREE: Lapochkin

PROBABLE LINE-UPS:
Lokomotiv Moscow (4-2-3-1):- Abayev; Denisov, Corluka, Durica, Shishkin; Diarra, Fernandez; Kasaev, Boussoufa, Samedov; N’Doye
FC Krasnodar (4-3-3):- Dikan; Kaleshin, Granqvist, Martynovich, Jedrzejczyk; Ahmedov, Pereyra, Shipitsin; Joaozinho, Wanderson, Ari

LAST MEETING: April 23, 2011 | Russian premier League | FC Krasnodar 1-4 Lokomotiv Moscow

RECENT FORM:
Lokomotiv Moscow:- N/A
FC Krasnodar:- W W W

AUTHOR’s PREDICTION: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Krasnodar

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