Dynamo Moscow had the thoughest possible opponent in the first round of Premier League, as the team hosted current champions from Spartak Moscow in a local derby game, but still managed to take a point from it in a 2:2 draw last Tuesday evening. It was generally quite a balanced game as the visitors looked better in the first halftime, but Dynamo responded well enough in the repetition.
Visitors took the lead in 29th minute via Promes and quickly doubled up the lead just three minutes later with a goal from Adriano, however as said, players of Dynamo were much more concrete in the second halftime and reduced the deficit in 53rd minute via Panchenko, to reach the equlizer a bit lucky, since it was in third minute of additional time via Tasheav, however needs to be said – it was deservedly after all.
Home team should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Wanderson set as central striker, plus Ionov, Panchenko and Katrich most likely as offensive midfielders. Forward Fatos Beqiraj (1/0) has been struggling with a muscle injury and is doubtful for this one. Central defender Vitali Djakov has left the club to join Turkish side Sivasspor last week.
Ural, on the other side, weren’t concrete enough in their season opener at home against Rostov last weekend as the team also took a point in a 1:1 draw. Overall, it was quite a defenive game from both sides as the hosts took the lead from a penalty kick in 41st minute via Dimitrov, but got leveled up in 60th minute with a goal from Gatcan.
Overall, it was a deserved and fair outcome, however must be said that the players of Ural didn’t look that convincing upfront and it’s clear that they will need to improve a lot further, especially in the offense in order to stay away from the relegation battle during the season.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Stavpets as number nine and central striker and with Dimitrov, Bicfalvi and Lungu as offensive support behind him. Left back Aleksandr Dantsev (1/0) picked up injury in the season opener and remains doubtful, similar to forward Vladimir Iljin (no performance so far). Defensive midfielder Artem Fiedler is not fit for today’s game.
Ural have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 away matches (Premier League).
Dynamo actually played pretty good, especially in second halftime against current champions and the team should only build up after that game. They are highly motivated and should be able to get the first victory of the season here. Ural didn’t impress that much and should struggle here in order to get a positive outcome. There’s no doubt for me that the players of Dynamo are favorites to get all three points.