Mordoviya Saransk vs. Lokomotiv Moscow
Friday, July 20th 2012, 18:00 CET
Lokomotiv Moscow has tradition and has always been one of the giants in Russian football. Although has occupied 5th place in the last season, they come fresh and very ambitious this Premier League season. They have a new manager, ex-Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, also signed up with Vedran Corluka (Tottenham) and Samedov (Dinamo Moscow) and will be fighting hard to win the Premier League. Moreover Lokomotiv possess a lethal attack formed by Pavlyuchenko, Glushakov & Caicedo.
In their opening game of Premier League they face newly promoted Mordovya Saransk which can be considered as an excellent opportunity to start this season with 3 pts. In the last friendly matches in preparation for the new season, Lokomotiv Moscow have made a great impression being in a very good shape winning 3 matches against very strong teams as Bursaspor(3-1), Partizan Belgrade(2-0) and Slask Wroclaw(3-1).
As you can notice, there are noticeable differences between the two teams, in force, reputation, form and tradition, all being inclined towards Lokomotiv Moscow. Even if they are guests, it will be a very difficult task for an inexperienced team as Mordovia Saransk to get a point at home, as long Lokomotiv Moscow are expected to attack from the first second till the end and score in early start of the match. I expect the match to go above the 2.5 goal mark. Odds are 2.10 for that to happen on Bwin. I will stake 2 units on an O2.5 at 2.10 odds. And 3 units for Lokomotiv Moscow to win, at 1.70 odds.
Prediction: O2.5 goals for 2 units, Lokomotiv Moscow to win for 3 units