Bottom of the table Amkar Perm host Russian giants CSKA Moscow on Friday afternoon, with the away side looking to make up ground on their rivals at the top. Despite neither side having made the best of starts to the new season, this is a fixture that is set to attract a vast amount of interest from betting punters, with the away side going into Friday’s encounter as the favourites for victory.
Russian Premier League – Zvezda Stadium, Perm – Friday 8th September – 15:30 UK Time
Best Odd of: 17/4 at Betway
Best Odd of: 12/5 at 10Bet
Best Odd of: 4/6 at Ladbrokes
Match Preview: Amkar Perm vs CSKA Moscow
With Viktor Goncharenko’s CSKA having come unstuck against Akhmat Grozny before the international break, the visitors will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Perm on Friday. Having finished second in the table last season, CSKA will be looking to reassert their dominance over the likes of Amkar, starting this week.
Amkar Perm Team News & Form
Having picked up a first win of the season against Arsenal Tula last time around, Amkar will be looking to get themselves out of the relegation zone with another success, albeit potentially only for 24 hours. Manager Gadzhi Gadzhiyev’s side have already been defeated five times this season, earning just a single point from their three encounters at the Zvezda Stadium to date. The fact that they have scored just two goals has undoubtedly not helped, with strikers Darko Bodul and Aleksei Gasilin under pressure to deliver.
CSKA Moscow Team News & Form
CSKA have already lost three times in the Premier League this season, the last of which came against Akhmat Grozny last time around. The Russian giants have struggled for any form of consistency throughout the opening stages of the campaign, with their last win coming over Spartak Moscow in the middle of August. Having conceded nine goals in their opening eight matches, goals could well be in store for fans at the Zvezda Stadium, with the pressure on the likes of Sergei Ignashevich and Aleksei Berezutski to use their experience to good use. Meanwhile, having failed to deliver consistently early on, Brazilian striker Vitinho is also in need of a goal when CSKA travel to Amkar. The former international is the team’s leading scorer with just two goals so far this season.
Head to Head
The two teams have met 24 times in the past, with CSKA Moscow claiming all three points on 15 of these occasions. With Friday’s home team having registered just three victories over CSKA, it perhaps comes as little surprise that it is the away team that are the favourites for victory on Friday. However, with Amkar having earned a valuable point at the VEB Arena last season, they are certainly likely to test CSKA this time around.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Best odds of 4/6 for a CSKA Moscow win can be found at William Hill, while the same bookmakers offer the home side as the 9/2 underdogs. Meanwhile, given the fact that Amkar have scored just two goals all season, backing CSKA to keep a clean sheet is worth considering, with Ladbrokes providing odds of 10/11 for their customers. However, with both teams struggling for goals, betting on their being under 2.5 goals is also a market to consider, with odds of 8/15 available at Ladbrokes.
Top Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for the match is to bet on both teams to score, which can be found at best odds of 6/5 at Ladbrokes.