Krylia Sovetov vs Akhmat: who is the favourite?
Krylia Sovetov eliminated Akhmat from the Russian Cup last season, but will the Wolves be able to take revenge on July 25? Look out for our answer in the prediction below. What to expect from this game?
Krylya Sovetov Samara
Krylia Sovetov had a really good season: Igor Osinkin's team confidently won the FNL Championship, scoring 101 points in 42 games and overtaking the second Orenburg by seven points. The club from Samara also reached the final of the Russian Cup, where they lost 1:3 to Lokomotiv.
Before their return to the Premier League, Krylia Sovetov strengthened the team with several players: Danil Lipovoy transferred from Dynamo, a promising young player Sergei Pinyaev was acquired from Chertanovo, and also Maxim Glushchenkov was rented from Spartak.
Akhmat had a terrible last season - Andrey Talalaev's team finished at the bottom of the table. But the Wolves kept a good distance from the relegation zone throughout the tournament, finishing in 11th place with a margin of 18 points over the relegated Rotor.
In the offseason, Akhmat lost Vladimir Ilyin, who went to Krasnodar, and Maxim Nenakhov, who joined Lokomotiv. Ismael Silva Lima and Wilker Angel left as free agents. Daniil Utkin was loaned from Krasnodar, Igor Konovalov - from Rubin, and Mohamed Konate joined from Khimki as a free agent.
Two of the last five H2H games ended with this score.
In the last three H2H games in Samara, this bet played.
In the last two league games, Akhmat scored in the first half.
Krylia Sovetov had an excellent season with Igor Osinkin - the team showed dynamic attacking football, hammering 100 goals into the opponents' goal. Of course, it will be more challenging for the club from Samara to compete in the Premier League, but the team has its style, they have a backbone, and Krylia Sovetov will certainly play to win at home. Akhmat traditionally plays weaker in away games, so it makes sense to bet on the hosts.
We believe the hosts have a better chance of winning. Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) to Krylia Sovetov.
Prediction: Handicap (0) to Krylia Sovetov
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Krylia Sovetov play attacking football and score a lot at home. We see no reason why they would sway from this today. But Akhmat will not easily give away the points, so we are looking forward to goals from both teams.
Our second bet - both to score.