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The Premier League fixture at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday sees home team Sochi up against opponents in Nizhny Novgorod.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Sochi v Nizhny Novgorod can be found here (plus the best game odds).
Sochi will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 0-1 Premier League success against CSKA Moscow.
In that match, Sochi had 48% possession and 11 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for Sochi was Artyom Makarchuk (10'). On the other side, CSKA Moskva got 11 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
Over their prior 6 fixtures, Vladimir Fedotov's Sochi have found the net a combined total of 14 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match of 2.33.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Terek Grozny in Premier League competition, Nizhny Novgorod and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Nizhny Novgorod managed 61% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Terek Grozny got 6 shots at goal with 3 on target. Aleksandr Troshechkin (74') was the scorer for Terek Grozny.
Looking at their form, and Nizhny Novgorod have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 7 goals in total. Defensively, Nizhny Novgorod have some weaknesses to address.
Head to head
The last league match between these clubs was Premier League match day 1 on 26/07/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Nizhny Novgorod 1-0 Sochi.
That day, Nizhny Novgorod had 43% possession and 7 shots on goal with 2 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Igor Gorbunov (68').
Sochi got 21 shots at goal with 4 on target.
The match was refereed by Pavel Shadykhanov.
Team News: Sochi
There aren’t many selection issues, with just the sole fitness concern for the Sochi boss Vladimir Fedotov to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength squad. Mateo Cassierra (Muscle Injury) misses out. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Ivelin Popov and Danila Prokhin.
Team News: Nizhny Novgorod
Owing to a completely injury-free group available to select from, the Nizhny Novgorod manager Aleksandr Kerzhakov has zero fitness worries to report coming into this game. Igor Gorbunov is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We feel that in this game, Sochi can and should stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
Conversely, Nizhny Novgorod won’t find it easy to make a breakthrough but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be hitting back at some stage.
We reckon that it will be a 3-1 win for Sochi after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium (47,659)
Captain: Soslan Dzhanayev
Chairman: Dmitry Rubashko
Manager: Vladimir Fedotov
Competitions: Premier League position 3, Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (3rd Qualifying Round)
⭐ Key Man: Christian Noboa
Usually deployed in the Centre Midfield position, Christian Noboa was born in Guayacil, Ecuador. Having made a first senior appearance for Emelec in the 2004 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has scored a sum of 6 league goals in the Premier League 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 23 appearances.