The Russian Premier League kicks off this weekend after an abbreviated offseason. Rubin Kazan and Lokomotiv Moscow must wait until Tuesday to get their campaigns underway four days after the rest of the league kicks off on Saturday. The reason for the delay is due to Lokomotiv Moscow playing in the Russian Super Cup on Friday night against reigning league champions Zenit St. Petersburg.
Lokomotiv Moscow head into the new season after finishing second in the division, 15 points behind Zenit St. Petersburg. Manager Yury Semin will hope that his side can challenge for the title throughout the season and not fall off the pace as they did in 2019-20.
The Russian Premier League’s 2019-20 season only finished at the end of July and it will be around 20 days between Lokomotiv Moscow’s final game of last term and the start of this campaign. Lokomotiv Moscow qualified for the Champions League group stage for 2020-21 thanks to their second-place finish last term.
Rubin Kazan struggled in front of goal last season and will hope to improve their scoring this time out. If they can, Rubin Kazan could fight for a European place. It won’t be an easy start to the season against Lokomotiv Moscow, however.
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Rubin Kazan finished 10th in the Russian Premier League last term. They collected 35 point from 30 possible. Unbelievably, Rubin Kazan scored the division’s fewest goals with a mere 18. With so few goals, it is surprising that Rubin Kazan were not relegated.
The club went through three different managers last season with Leonid Slutsky being the final man in charge keeping the club up. Rubin Kazan finished just four points above the relegation playoff places and They picked up nine points from their last 18 possible allowing them to stay up. In spite of the club’s inability to score goals, their defence did enough to stop teams from scoring on them. Rubin Kazan allowed just 28 goals against. They struggled to win but did manage the second most draws (11).
Lokomotiv Moscow scored the league’s fourth most goals with 43 tallied while allowing 29 against. They finished the end of the term in great form going unbeaten in six straight games with the final two ending in consecutive wins.
Last season, Lokomotiv Moscow collected four points from six possible. Their first match ended 1-1 in Moscow before Loko went to the Ak Bars Arena and won 2-0.
Rubin Kazan vs Lokomotiv Moscow Team News
Rubin Kazan manager Leonid Slutsky should have a full-strength squad on Tuesday night. The manager has seen just one player arrive in the offseason as Oleg Shatov joined from Zenit St. Petersburg on a free transfer.
The home side scored a mere 18 goals last term and need players to step up in attack this time around. Last season’s leading goal scorer Yevgeni Markov returned to his parent club Dynamo Moscow. The forward scored five goals in 22 matches last term while on loan.
Lokomotiv Moscow forward Eder could miss the game through injury. He is listed a doubt with a suspected knock. Fellow forward Luka Djordjevic is also a doubt for the game. Djordjevic has a knee injury that may keep him sidelined.
Lokomotiv Moscow have a strong squad that should fight for a Russian Premier League title. The club did lose attacking midfielder Joao Mario as his loan ended. Mario has returned to Inter Milan. The midfielder played 18 games scoring one goal and adding five assists. It was a good return for the limited number of games played.
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Lokomotiv Moscow’s Aleksey Miranchuk led the team in scoring last season with 12 goals. Miranchuk accounted for 29% of Lokomotiv Moscow’s goals. The 24-year-old added a further five assists and was the most important player in the team’s attack last term. Miranchuk came through Loko’s youth team and is a player the club expects to remain there past 2021 when his current deal ends. He finished third in the Russian Premier League Golden Boot Award race last term.
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Rubin Kazan score just 18 goals last season. They had the Russian Premier League’s worst attack. Leading scorer Markov has returned to Spartak Moscow taking away their most potent threat in the final third. Slutsky has to find a way to improve the team’s attack for the new term and keep the club from fighting relegation. The last time these teams played, Lokomotiv Moscow won 2-0 at the Ak Bars Arena. Six of the last seven games between Rubin Kazan and Lokomotiv Moscow ended with the latter keeping a clean sheet. Five of those games finished in wins to nil.
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Although Tuesday night’s game could be low scoring, Rubin Kazan should be able to win both halves against a weak Rubin Kazan team. Lokomotiv Moscow will fight for a Russian Premier League title and should get off to a good start on Tuesday versus Rubin Kazan.
Lokomotiv Moscow will actually start the new campaign on Friday night in the Russian Super Cup. They will meet last season’s league winners Zenit St. Petersburg. The match, which will take place four days prior to the game versus Rubin Kazan, will give Loko the chance to warm up for the league’s start. The Russian Premier League had a short offseason and player movement has been limited. Clubs have not had the financial ability to bring in players during the Covid-19 affect last six months. Making it even more difficult to recruit has been other major leagues around Europe continuing on.
Tuesday night’s opening match for the clubs should see Lokomotiv Moscow claim a big first win. Rubin Kazan should struggle once more in the final third.
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