Lokomotiv Moscow will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Russian Premier Liga when they host Anzhi Makhachkala later this week.
The Dinamo Stadium outfit, who can call on the services of Brazil legend Roberto Carlos, will enter the capital to face a side in fine form.
Yuri Krasnozhan’s Moscow lie ahead of the chasing pack after picking up five wins from the opening ten games of the campaign.
Anzhi sit a little further back in sixth but will be a tough side to break down, having conceded less than a goal per game so far this term.
Indeed, Gadzhi Gadzhiev’s men boast the strongest defence in the league, conceding an average of just 0.7 goals every 90 minutes.
However, in Moscow they meet one of the league’s form sides in terms of goals scored, with Loko having found the net 1.6 times per game.
Such form sees the hosts go into the games as odds-on favourites, with bwin pricing the home win at 3/5.
The draw can be backed at 27/10, while those looking for an outside bet could be tempted by the 9/2 price on the away win.
One thing is for sure, though, and that is that fans can expect a close encounter.
None of the last four games between these sides has seen a team win by more than one goal.
Last time out, Loko edged a 1-0 win, while the previous encounter saw Friday’s hosts edge a 2-1 victory. The latter scoreline is available at 8/1,
The two games before that saw Anzhi hold out for a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 win. Anyone counting on a repeat of either of those score lines can find odds of 27/4 and 11/1 respectively.
Football betting enthusiasts looking to think outside the box on this game should be aware that the majority of the action is likely to come in the second half.
Moscow have conceded six of their eight goals in the last 15 minutes of games this term.
This fact could tempt a number of punters to bet on how many goals the visitors will score after the break, with one priced at 11/5 and two available at 9/1.
However, Roman Shishkin and Moscow’s other attackers also come to life later on in games, having scored ten of their 16 goals in the second half.
As such, some of the sensible money could go on second-half goals for the home side.
Moscow can be backed to score one goal after the interval at 12/5 or two strikes at 14/1.
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