The Russian Premier League season kicks off on Friday night with an enthralling matchday 1 fixture featuring FC Rostov and Dinamo Moscow. The two Russian rivals finished the 2020-21 season in midtable and missed out on European qualification. They will hope for better this season and it all begins on Friday night at the Rostov Arena.
Rostov vs Dinamo Moscow Match Preview
Rostov ended the 2020-21 Russian Premier League campaign in ninth place and 22 points off of league winners Zenit St. Petersburg. They took 43 points from 30 matches. Dinamo Moscow ended the term slightly better. The White Blues were seventh in the division with 50 points from 30 fixtures.
The home side have dominated the last nine matches in all competitions between Rostov and Dinamo Moscow. Rostov will aim for another match claiming the points, however, Dinamo Moscow are attempting to stop the trend of the away team dropping points.
Neither Rostov nor Dinamo Moscow are expected to trouble the top of the Russian Premier League table this season according to leading sportsbooks. Can an opening weekend win power one of these teams to a surprise title fight? Our betting tips will help you make an educated decision on which side to back on Friday night.
Rostov vs Dinamo Moscow Betting Odds
FC Rostov manager Valeri Karpin needs the team to be much better at home in 2021-22. Last season, Rostov collected 20 points from 15 home matches, which was the fourth-worst in the Russian Premier League. Rostov were +2 in goal difference at home a season ago with 18 goals for and 16 against.
Dinamo Moscow were middle of the road in terms of away points last term. They took 18 from 45 on offer away from home. Meanwhile, the White Blues were –6 in goal difference with 17 scored and 23 conceded on the road. Former Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz is in his first full season at Dinamo Moscow after joining in October 2020.
Bookie's betting odds have Dinamo Moscow as favourites to claim an away win on Friday night. The best betting odds for the White Blues are at 7/5 to win at the Rostov Arena. The best betting odds for Rostov are 9/4 to win at the end of full-time.
Dinamo Moscow had no issue scoring goals last term. They bagged 44 goals, but the defence allowed 33 to opponents. The club have attempted to address the defensive issues by signing wing-back Diego Laxalt from AC Milan.
Rostov vs Dinamo Moscow Team News
Rostov have brought in four new players in the offseason. They needed to address a poor goalscoring record in 2020-21 which saw them post a +2-goal difference with 37 goals for and 35 against. Rostov signed forward Ali Sowe on a permanent contract from CSKA Sofia. Forward Nikolay Komlichenko arrived from Friday night’s opponents on loan this summer. Karpin also signed defenders Kirill Bozhenov and Ihor Kalinin during the offseason.
Thirty-year-old striker Dmitry Poloz was co-leader for Rostov in goals last term with six in 26 matches. Japanese midfielder Kento Hashimoto added six to the Rostov cause as well. Hashimoto scored his six goals in seven fewer games, however.
Dinamo Moscow’s big signing during the offseason was left sided midfielder/wing-back Diego Laxalt from AC Milan. Laxalt should line up on the left side of the team’s defence and provide pace going forward. Forward Danill Fomin led Dinamo Moscow in goals last season with six goals and three assists. Scharwz will hope to get more goals out of Cameroon international Clinton N’Jie. The former Lyon, Tottenham Hotspur, and Marseille striker has never fulfilled his potential. Last season, N’Jie scored four goals in 23 matches.
Rostov vs Dinamo Moscow H2H
The home team are unbeaten in nine straight matches in all competitions between Rostov and Dinamo Moscow. Last season, the Russian rivals traded home wins. Dinamo Moscow claimed a 2-0 victory at home before falling 4-1 at Rostov in the reverse fixture.
Dinamo Moscow have not won against Rostov away since the since the 2013-14 Russian Premier League season. Their last six trips to the Rostov Arena all ended without a victory. In addition, eight of the last 11 matches between the two clubs finished with both teams not scoring goals. Dinamo Moscow did score on their last trip to the Rostov Arena. However, it was the first time they had scored in Rostov in five attempts.
Rostov vs Dinamo Moscow Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 20/23 - BET NOW
Our prediction for Friday night’s Russian Premier League curtain raiser is for a low-scoring game between Rostov and Dinamo Moscow. Eight of the last 11 matches featuring Rostov and Dinamo Moscow finished with both teams not scoring goals. Between 2016 and 2020, six straight matches played by Rostov and Dinamo Moscow finished with both sides unable to find the back of the net.
Half time result: Draw @ 1/1 - BET NOW
Five of the last 11 matches between Rostov and Dinamo Moscow finished the first half as draws. These sides are going into the new season having played a few preseason games, but could still be rusty. Rostov were hit and miss in preseason friendlies posting a record of 2W-1D-2L. Our betting tips see this game as a stalemate at the halftime on opening day in Russia.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 31/50 - BET NOW
Five of the last eight games between Rostov and Dinamo Moscow finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Once again, our prediction is for a low-scoring game in which Rostov and Dinamo Moscow struggle in the final third to get goals. Rostov averaged 1.2 goals per match in 2020-21, while Dinamo Moscow averaged 1.5 goals per match. Neither set the league on fire in front of goal and despite some additions for Rostov in attack, they are likely to struggle once more.
The home side are unbeaten in nine straight games in all competitions between the two teams. Our betting tips see a draw likely to occur on Friday night to start the season with a low number of goals being scored.