Date: 10 May 2021
Time: 9:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
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A win in this game for Spartak Moscow would be more than enough to guarantee them a place in the top four of the ongoing Russian Premier League this season. They are currently sitting at the third place with 53 points from 28 matches. However, Khumki won’t be an easy opponent either given the current run of form they are in, stitching successive league wins in their last two matches and taking their tally to 44 points from 28 matches. However, with more at stake for Spartak Moscow in this match, they could be desperate for a win and would attempt to bring their A game into this fixture.
lIlya Kutepov sustained a knee injury in their last match and is a doubtful starter for Monday’s clash. In addition, Pavel Maslov and Zelimkhan Bakaev are also recovering from their respective injuries and may not be available for selection here. However, goalkeeper Aleksandr Maksimenko and defender Ayrton Lucas will be available after missing out owing to suspension.
As far as Khimki is concerned, Mohamed Konate sustained an injury in their last round’s match against FC Ural and may not recover in time for Monday’s match. Meanwhile, Aleksandr Troshechkin will be out serving his suspension. There is no update on Dmitry Tikhiy’s illness but he could be sitting out for this match.
Spartak Moscow have won their last 4 matches against Khimki across competitions and that should give them a huge confidence coming into this encounter. In addition, they have also scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches against Khimki in all tournaments which suggests that this could be another high-scoring affair and a monumental task for the Khimki defence could be on the cards on Monday. Given these records as well as the points tally this season, Spartak Moscow will be the pre-match favourites – all the more reason for Khimki to produce an inspiring performance against a strong side.
Probable Starting XI
Aleksandr Maksimenko, Andrey Eshchenko, Ayrton Lucas, Georgi Dzhikiya, Samuel Gigot, Victor Moses, Quincy Promes, Roman Zobnin, Alex Kral, Aleksandr Sobolev, Jordan Larsson
Ilya Lantratov, Brian Idowu, Aleksandr Filin, Dmitri Tikhiy, Egor Danilkin, Denis Glushakov, Filip Dagerstal, Arshak Koryan, Kirill Bozhenov, Reziuan Mirzov, Maksim Glushenkov
Goalkeepers: Ilya Lantratov, Aleksandr Maksimenko
Defenders: Samuel Gigot, Brian Idowu, Egor Danilkin, Aleksandr Filin
Midfielders: Victor Moses, Quincy Promes, Alex Kral, Kirill Bozhenov
Forwards: Jordan Larsson, Aleksandr Sobolev, Maksim Glushenkov, Senin Sebai
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