VENUE: Stadion Fk Krasnodar
Stadion FK Krasnodar will come at a standstill as Russian heavy weights Krasnodar and CSKA Moscow go head to head in match day thirteen of the Russian premier league.
Krasnodar will be eager to get back to winning ways after suffering a 2-1 away loss to Arsenal Tula in their last premier league encounter.
The home side will be keen to maximize on the home advantage to seal the vital three points against a formidable CSKA side.
The hosts currently lie third in third tied on points with CSKA on twenty-one points from twelve matches but boast a superior goal difference than their Saturday rivals and a win in this could see them open a three-point gap over their rivals while a loss could see them being leapfrogged by their rivals.
The hosts have been far from convincing off late suffering three defeats in a row in their latest three matches and prior to their two wins in their last five matches anything less than three points would for sure infuriate their faithful.
CSKA to Krasnodar hoping to put their dismissal performance off late and sneak away with the maximum points in a hostile atmosphere
The Russian capital based side will be keen to bounce back from their 0-0 dull frustrating home stalemate to Ufa in their last premier league encounter with a win on the road.
The Russian giants are currently in poor form going into the match having suffered two defeats, registered two draws and managed a single win in their last five matches something they will be wary of.
The visitors currently lie fourth on the Russian premier league log standings with twenty-one points from twelve matches similar with the hosts and a win in this will see them leapfrog them to third.
Veteran Russian shot stopper would be man to keep the hosts at bay as visitors seek to bag the maximum points.
Krasnodar will miss the services of attacking midfielder Tomike Okriashvili due to injury while CSKA will be without Aleksandr Makarov, Alan Dzagoev, Pontus Wernbloom and Vasili Berezutski due to injury.
Three of last five matches between the two sides have ended in draws while CSKA has won the other two.
Krasnodar probable line-up- Sinitsyn, Martynovich, Granqvist, Shishkin, Ramirez, Gazinsky,Sntos, Pereyra, Claesson, Kabore, Smolov, Wambaerto
CSKA probable line-up- Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Vasin, Fernandes,Nababkin, Leonov, Golovin, Natcho, Milanov, Chalov, Vitnho