After a victory in the first round of the Premier League, Krasnodar suffered an away loss in the last match with a narrow 1:0 result against Lokomotiv Moscow.
The hosts, despite the ball possession disadvantage, looked more dangerous in the first forty-five minutes, and with a goal over Miranchuk in the 43rd, they crowned their good transition game. The guests decided to take a less risky approach in the continuation, but they weren’t able to create opportunities dangerous enough to score an equalizer, so the result remained unchanged until the end.
Krasnodar is currently at the 6th place, but they have high expectations out of this season, as they want to repeat the success they had in a previous one when they ended at Champions League-leading third place.
Forward Ari (18/6, last season) is long-term absentee now since the re-start of the previous season, as well as central defender Spajic (15/1, last season).
Arsenal Tula is yet to record their first victory this season, as they recorded a draw in the first round, and a loss in the second. In a home match against Ufa last Friday afternoon, they suffered a 2:3 home loss in a pretty dynamic clash.
The host opened the match aggressively and decided to risk more. The reward came in the 26th minute with a goal over Lutsenko, but they lost their focus just before the halftime whistle and conceded. This surely had an impact on them, as they conceded two more in the 54th and the 63rd minute from the penalty. The home team had to chase the result for the rest of the match, but unfortunately, they weren’t able to level up. Kangwa only managed to reduce the deficit to 2:3 and set the final score in this one.
Arsenal Tula is at 11th place having only one point, but their ambitions are certainly higher, as they finished the previous at 8th place.
The guests continue to miss goalkeeper Levashov (18/0, last season) while they have now brothers Kangwa suspended, forward Evans (2/0) and midfielder Kings (2/1).
The hosts showed us more so far
Krasnodar enters this match in a better momentum and definitely has what it takes to seal the victory here. The guests should appear passive and without Kangwa’s, they should be slightly limited in the offense too.