Mid-December is the time when Russian clubs traditionally go on an extended winter break. Sochi and Spartak Moscow are the last to go on holiday. “The Red-Whites only played an away game in the Europa League in Warsaw on Thursday and were only allowed to return to the pitch on Monday by the Premier League organisers. Will it help the “people’s team”? The website’s expert department has compiled a prediction for this match on December 13, 2021. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet app.
Sochi look like they lacked energy at the start of the 2nd round
“Barça”, after all, had a very early and busy start to the new season. They made their international debut in the summer. True, it was not particularly good: Vladimir Fedotov’s charges qualified for the Kesla Conference League, but suffered a bit of a scandal when they lost to Partizan. The new rules (there were 1-1 draws at home and 2-2 away) and the inability to kick penalties let them down. But in the championship the club has regularly delighted its fans, and the newcomer, Casierra, has even become a revelation, scoring in 11 games 8 goals with 3 assists. Sochi are in 4th place, but the results of their recent encounters blurred the assessment: Home defeats to Rubin and Krasnodar and a draw with Ural.
Spartak (Moscow) are looking forward to a winter break like no other.
In the space of half a year the Red-Whites have managed to squander the achievements they made for so long and painfully. Tedesco left the team in the spring, which, despite the expiry of his contract, made him the vice-champion of the country. Now there is a risk of finishing at the bottom of the standings. In the Premier League for a long time almost nothing happened: in the entire second half of the autumn, in 6 games, there was not a single victory, and only 4 draws, including 1-7 with Zenit in a principled match for any Muscovites. The series could have continued in the last round, but, playing from the 32nd minute, the People’s Team managed to beat Akhmat 2-1, scoring the decisive goal in the 87th minute. Finally Promes, from whom much more was expected after his return to Russia, got on the scoresheet. And against Legia, Selikhov was the hero: his saves, including a penalty in the 97th minute, made the Europa League playoffs possible!
In 2019, it was with Spartak that the debutant played in the first leg – and lost 0-1. But Sochi have taken 10 points in their other four official matches against the ‘people’s team’, including a 2-1 win in Moscow in August.
Sochi are considered favourites, but Spartak will also fight for a result. It is worth taking the neutral “more than 2.5 goals” (odds are 1.94).