League-leaders Lokomotiv Moscow play Akhmat Grozny in the Russian Premier League at Akhmat-Arena, looking for their fifth consecutive win in the league.
Four teams are on 26 points from 12 games, with Lokomotiv Moscow sitting on the top of the table on the virtue of a better head-to-head record. So there's every chance that Lokomotiv may slip down the table if fail to win this game, while other results go against them.
The hosts, meanwhile, are in the relegation battle after a poor start to the new season. But the team has a bit of momentum behind them following the win in the last game – first win for them since August 05.
The Russian Premier League match will be played between Akhmat Grozny and Lokomotiv Moscow at Akhmat-Arena, in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 30,597.
The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, October 18.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Akhmat Grozny – D L D W L W
Lokomotiv Moscow – W W L W L W
Akhmat Grozny Team News:
Grozny will miss the services of striker Ravanelli and goalkeeper Vitaly Gudiev. The duo remains the only injury concerns for the hosts heading into this match.
How the hosts could line-up here?
Akhmat won the last game with a goal-to-nil. That result ended an 8-game winless run for Grozny. So manager Rashid Rakhimov has every reason to stick with the same playing 11 which lined up in that game.
It means Andrés Ponce will lead the attack for the heads, with Ivanov, Roshi, and Berisha starting behind him. Ismael and Gklushakov should form the base of the midfield.
Akhmat Grozny Probable XI:
Evgeni Gorodov (GK), Musalov, Wilker Angel, Semenov, Utsiev, Glushakov, Ismael, Roshi / Mitrishev, Ivanov, Berisha, Mbengue
Lokomotiv Moscow FC Team News:
Lokomotiv Moscow have a lengthy injury list at the moment. As many as nine first-team players could miss the clash against Akhmat Grozny.
Jefferson Farfan, Boris Rotenberg, Fedor Smolov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, and Anton Miranchuk all are out injured.
While Dimitri Barinov and Vladislav Ignatjev are unavailable for selection due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
In addition, the visitors are fretting over the fitness of Benedikt Howedes and Mikhail Lysov. The duo will be assessed before the game.
Lokomotiv Moscow Probable XI:
Guilherme (GK), Zhivoglyadov, Corluka, Magkeev, Idowu, Cerqueira, Mario, Krychowiak, Kolomeytsev, Miranchuk, Eder
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Grzegorz Krychowiak: The 29-year-old Polish is one of the most in-form players in the Russian League at the moment.
Aleksey Miranchuk: He is perhaps the most technically gifted player in the Lokomotiv Moscow squad. The 24-year-old is on the top-of-his game this season as well.
Ablaye Mbengue: Though he hasn't scored in the last three games, the 27-year-old Senegalese is the best bet for Akhmat in any game.
Bernard Berisha: HIs dribbling skills and the ability to take down on defenders can be a difference-maker for the hosts.
Odise Roshi: has scored two goals this season and was the best player for Akhmat in a couple of other matches.
AKM vs LOK Dream11 potential winner:
Lokomotiv Moscow are the clear-cut favorites to win this match.