Dynamo Moscow will take on Torpedo Moscow on Sunday 24 July in the second round of the Russian Premier League at the VTB Arena. What to expect from the first Moscow derby of the new season? For full statistics and odds for the match, look at 1xbet login.
The Bilo-Syni had their best season in many years: they finished in third place in the Russian Premier League, for some time even claiming the gold medal. They scored 53 points in 30 rounds, scored 53 goals and conceded 41. The club led by Sandro Schwartz also reached the final of the domestic cup, where they lost 2-1 to Spartak. Forward Fedor Smolov was an excellent addition to the squad (he scored 7 times in the spring period). However, there were some serious changes waiting for the club in the summer.
Schwartz left to coach Hertha Berlin, with Serbian Slavisa Jokanovic replacing him. Sebastian Szymanski, Ivan Ordec, Roman Evgenjev and Fabian Balbuena departed. With such staffing problems, repeating last year’s success will be difficult, as the first round of the new championship proved. The Moscovites managed to avoid a 1-1 home draw with Rostov.
The Avtozavodskys advanced to the Elite Division for the first time in eight years. The visitors won last year’s FNL with a total of 75 points from 38 games. And everything was decided in the final matchday at the end of May: the Whites saved a 2-2 draw with Kuban (91 minutes), and Orenburg lost points to Volgarem. The Torpedo players scored 65 goals (only Alania scored more), conceding 36.
In pre-season, the Moscovites played 7 friendly games, in which they won 4 times. The team barely strengthened in the transfer market, signing only veterans Yegor Baburin, Ilya Kutepov and Igor Smolnikov. A week ago, Alexander Borodiuk’s charges did not look too confident against Sochi, losing 1-3 (2.3).
The clubs last met each other in September 2018 in the 1/16 final of the domestic cup, and then the Bilo-Syni took a minimal 0-1 lead.
Forecast for Dynamo vs Torpedo
The Bilo-Syni have lost their coaching staff led by Sandro Schwartz, and it was the German specialist who was the key unit in the success of last season. In addition, the club was left virtually without their central defenders: They currently have only young Kutitsky and Sazonov. With such losses, even at the home stadium it will be very difficult, but the Torpedo players, judging from the first round, are in much worse shape. “The Avtozavodtsy have made very little headway on the transfer market, having played with the full strength from the FNL days. The home side need to beat such an opponent in front of their fans.