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Sochi will be visiting Arsenal Stadium on Sunday for the Premier League fixture with home team Arsenal Tula.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Arsenal Tula v Sochi can be found here - along with the latest match odds.
Arsenal Tula will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 3-1 Premier League losing effort in their last game against Zenit St Petersburg.
The only player to score from Arsenal Tula was Yury Kavalyow (60'). Andrei Mostovoy (25'), Artyom Dzyuba (31') and Aleksandr Yerokhin (86') scored for Zenit St Petersburg.
It has not been often in recent times where Arsenal Tula have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Pryaniki have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 11 goals during that time. That trend might not be carried forward into this game, however.
Ahead of this clash, Arsenal Tula have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
Sochi will go into the match after a 0-1 Premier League win with the downing of Terek Grozny in their most recent outing.
The only player to score from Sochi was Christian Noboa (24').
A sequence of resolute displays by the Sochi defensive unit has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their previous 6 outings in total. In that time, their own attack force has managed to score 8.
Going into this encounter, Sochi haven't been defeated in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
The previous league game featuring these sides was Premier League match day 20 on 01/03/2020 when it ended Sochi 1-2 Arsenal Tula.
The match was refereed by Vladislav Bezborodov.
Team News: Arsenal Tula
Arsenal Tula boss Sergey Podpaly will be happy not to have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash with a fully healthy group ready to go.
We think that Pryaniki will probably make use of the 3-4-2-1 formation for the game, utilising Artur Nigmatullin, Robert Bauer, Maxim Belyaev, Taras Burlak, Yuri Kovalev, Kings Kangwa, Georgi Kostadinov, Daniil Hlusevich, Sergey Tkachev, Vladislav Panteleev and Evans Kangwa.
Team News: Sochi
Thanks to a mainly healthy squad, there’s just the lone fitness problem for the Sochi boss Vladimir Fedotov to be concerned with. Ivelin Popov (Ruptured knee ligament) won’t be playing here.
We are inclined to think that Belo-sinie seem likely to begin the game with a 3-4-3 formation, settling for Soslan Dzhanaev, Miha Mevlja, Emanuel Mammana, Sergey Terekhov, Timofey Margasov, Christian Noboa, Ibrahim Tsallagov, Elmir Nabiullin, Nikita Burmistrov, Aleksandr Rudenko and Joaozinho.
We’re of the opinion that Sochi and Arsenal Tula should both get enough opportunities to score, although it’s hard to separate the two.
A draw looks like a realistic possibility, but we’ll see what happens. That is why we are leaning toward a tight encounter with a 1-1 scoreline at the conclusion of the game.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Arsenal Stadium (20,048)
Captain: Kirill Kombarov
Chairman: Guram Adzhoyev
Manager: Sergey Podpaly
Competitions: Premier League position 14
🔑 Star Player: Daniil Lesovoy
Regularly taking to the field in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Daniil Lesovoy was born in Moscow, Russia. After making a first senior appearance for Arsenal Tula in the 2018 - 2019 season, the skilful Midfielder has scored a sum of 2 league goals in the Premier League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 6 appearances.