Tom Tomsk will be looking to put their indifferent form behind them when they welcome Spartak Moscow to the Trud Stadium next week.
Three wins, five draws and four losses for the season sees Valeri Nepomniachi’s men sitting tenth in the Russian Premier Liga in the relegation round places.
Indeed, the Siberians have won just one of their last five matches. However, that success came against Zenit, which shows that on their day, Tom Tomsk are a match for any side in the league.
Tuesday’s opponents Spartak Moscow have also had a difficult start to the campaign, and with just five wins from their opening 12 matches, sit in the last of the final round places on 17 points.
Valery Karpin’s men have had a topsy-turvy time of late, with a 4-0 win coming before a 3-0 loss and 0-0 draw.
Such erratic behaviour from both sides is reflected in the betting odds on this game, with Tom Tomsk slight favourites for the win at 31/20.
The draw is available at 23/10, while Spartak are seen as slight outsiders at 8/5.
However, while bwin places the home side at an advantage, football betting enthusiasts could allow past meetings between the two clubs to sway their thinking.
Tom Tomsk have not won in the last five and have seen some heavy defeats during that time.
While holding The Meat to a draw on two occasions, the other three ties have seen Moscow win 1-0, 5-0 and 4-2.
Punters looking for history to repeat itself could be tempted to back one of those scorelines to come in again. The 5-0 win for Moscow is priced at 28/1, while the 4-2 victory offers impressive odds of 50/1. Using the free £25 bet bwin offers new customers on this outcome would see returns of £1,275.
However, Tom Tomsk are able to rely on more than just home advantage in this tie. Front man Pavel Golyshev is the league’s second top scorer with six goals from 11 games and could prove the difference between the two sides.
With that said, some of the sensible money could go on a 1-0 win for the hosts.
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