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Torpedo Moscow take on guests CSKA Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium in the Premier League match on Saturday.
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Torpedo Moscow will be wanting a better result here after a 2-0 Premier League loss in their previous game against Ural.
In that match, Torpedo Moscow had 42% possession and 5 shots at goal with 2 on target. At the other end, Ural had 23 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Eric Bicfalvi (70', 84') was the scorer for Ural.
It’s not been often in recent times that Torpedo Moscow haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Torpedo Moscow have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 13 goals along the way. Nonetheless, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend might be maintained in this game or not.
Going into this contest, Torpedo Moscow have not won at home in their last 4 matches in the league. Their fans aren't happy.
CSKA Moscow go into this match following on from a 4-1 Premier League win as they beat FC Krasnodar in their last outing.
In that game, CSKA Moscow had 36% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. For CSKA Moscow, goals were scored by Jorge Carrascal (30'), Fyodor Chalov (45'), Jesús Medina (62') and Adolfo Gaich (91'). On the other side, Krasnodar had 6 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Cristian Ramírez (47') was the scorer for FC Krasnodar.
Indicating their fondness for fruitful encounters, goals have been celebrated 20 times in the prior 6 matches in which CSKA Moscow have taken to the pitch, giving a mean average of 3.33 goals per clash. Opposition teams have hit 6 of this grand total.
Going into this encounter, CSKA Moscow are unbeaten in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
A study of their past head to head meetings going back to 20/07/2005 reveals that these encounters have been pretty painful for Torpedo Moscow. They’ve not been able to get any wins whatsoever whereas CSKA Moscow have simply been better than them, running out winners in 83 per cent of those ties.
In all, 17 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 3 of them from Black-Whites and 14 coming from Armeytsy. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.83.
The previous league contest featuring the two was Premier League match day 25 on 25/04/2015 when the final score was Torpedo Moscow 0-2 CSKA Moscow.
On that day, Torpedo Moscow managed 42% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 1 on target.
CSKA Moscow had 7 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Carlos Strandberg (50') and Bebras Natcho (70') scored.
The match was refereed by Aleksei Eskov.
Team News: Torpedo Moscow
Mukhammad Sultonov (Muscle Injury), Denis Laptev (Fractured Rib) and Vitali Botnar (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be playing for Torpedo Moscow gaffer Aleksandr Borodyuk.
In our view, Black-Whites may well line up in a 5-4-1 formation for the game with Egor Baburin, Igor Smolnikov, Damien Le Tallec, Ilya Kutepov, Ravil Netfullin, Artem Samsonov, Igor Lebedenko, Mihail Caimacov, Ivan Enin, Khozhimat Erkinov and David Karaev.
Team News: CSKA Moscow
Owing to a fully healthy group available to choose from, the CSKA Moscow boss Vladimir Fedotov doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report coming into this game.
From our viewpoint, Armeytsy will likely elect for a 3-4-2-1 system, choosing Igor Akinfeev, Willyan Rocha, Igor Diveev, Baktiyor Zaynutdinov, Milan Gajic, Ivan Oblyakov, Saša Zdjelar, Moisés, Jorge Carrascal, Jesús Medina and Fedor Chalov.
We’re of the opinion that Torpedo Moscow have enough to breach the defence of this CSKA Moscow lineup, however a single goal might not quite be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re therefore tipping a narrow 1-2 winning margin for CSKA Moscow when the referee blows the final whistle. Should be a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium (81,000)
Captain: Aleksandr Ryazantsev
Chairman: Denis Maslov
Manager: Aleksandr Borodyuk
Competitions: Premier League position 16