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Torpedo Moscow meet guests FC Khimki at Luzhniki Stadium in this Premier League clash on Sunday.
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Torpedo Moscow prepare for this game coming off the back of a 1-1 Premier League tied result against FC Khimki.
In that match, Torpedo Moscow had 50% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Torpedo Moscow was Aleksei Pomerko (25'). For their opponents, Khimki had 14 shots on goal with 5 on target. Aleksandr Rudenko (15') scored for FC Khimki.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Torpedo Moscow have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Torpedo Moscow have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 11 goals on the way. That sort of pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, of course.
A run of resolute showings by the FC Khimki defence has seen their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their last 6 outings in total. Over that same time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 9.
Ahead of this clash, FC Khimki are without a win away from home in their last 4 league games.
Head to head
The last league clash featuring these sides was Premier League match day 4 on 07/08/2022 which ended up with the score at Torpedo Moscow 0-0 FC Khimki.
In that match, Torpedo Moscow managed 47% possession and 0 attempts on goal with 0 of them on target.
FC Khimki had 1 shots at goal with 1 on target.
Team News: Torpedo Moscow
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the Torpedo Moscow boss Aleksandr Borodyuk to be concerned with from an otherwise fully-primed set of players. Aleksey Shumskikh (Hip Injury) is sidelined.
It seems likely that Black-Whites could use a 4-3-3 system, utilising Vitali Botnar, Igor Smolnikov, Oleg Kozhemyakin, Ravil Netfullin, Artyom Samsonov, Aleksey Pomerko, Aleksandr Ryazantsev, Ivan Enin, Igor Lebedenko, David Karaev and Khozhimat Erkinov.
Team News: FC Khimki
Owing to a fully healthy squad ready to go, the FC Khimki manager Sergei Yuran doesn’t have any fitness worries to report coming into this match.
From our viewpoint, FC Khimki might utilise a 3-2-4-1 formation using Ilia Lantratov, Oleksandr Filin, Alexey Nikitin, Egor Danilkin, Kirill Bozhenov, Aleksandr Zuev, Aleksandr Lomovitski, Mory Gbane, Denis Glushakov, Reziuan Mirzov and Aleksadr Rudenko.
We’re of the opinion that Torpedo Moscow will need to apply a lot of pressure to get anything against this FC Khimki team who we think will score one, at least.
That’s why our selection here is for a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 victory for FC Khimki at the end of the match.
A close call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium (81,000)
Captain: Aleksandr Ryazantsev
Chairman: Denis Maslov
Manager: Aleksandr Borodyuk
Competitions: Premier League position 15