The first important return match of the first league of Russia will take place between Spartak Moscow and Zenit. Date and time of its start will be Sunday at 11:30 Lokomotiv stadium. Unfortunately, the game will be played without spectators.
Spartak Moscow ended the tour championship in third place, 3 points behind Lokomotiv, occupy the second, and 3 lengths ahead of CSKA Moscow holder fourth position. Spartak could be her 2nd place, 3 points ahead ,, railway ‘, but the last round the team coached by Valery Karpin was defeated, all at home by a score of 1-3 to Lokomotiv. That, despite the fact that the hosts had 64% of possession. That was the only one in the previous 5 games ,, spartanillor ” which took more than two goals. Sunday’s match will be the last in which Spartak will play without spectators in the stands, it received a sentence of two stages, following the Cup game with Shinnik. Bryzgalov, Boccheti, Tasci and Romulo are still injured, while Jurado is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.
Zenit is leading the Premier League, being 6 points ahead of Sunday’s opponent. Like Spartak, Zenit did not get any all 3 points last round. It ended in a draw 1-1 at home with Amkar Perm, after the guests had opened the scoring. Same result, all at home, was won by the team coached by Luciano Spalletti, midweek, against FC Porto. And when the hosts were headed. In both games mentioned above, the final outcome was determined from the first half. In the previous four trips in the championship but, Zenit won as many victories. Belgian Lombaerts will record a new record for the club, with tenure in this match, which is to be the best foreign player selected.
Last season, Spartak was defeated by a score of 2-4 by Zenit at home. Incidentally, in the 4 direct meetings in the last two seasons, minimum 5 goals were scored. Referee will be Aleksei Eskov, which awarded 21 yellow cards in the 7 matches this season.