AT vs LOK Dream11: With table-topper Zenit Saint Petersburg pulling clear away after each passing game, nearest challenger Lokomotiv Moscow know that there is no room for further slip-up after the debacle in the last round left them 8 points off the summit. They need a response and will look for when they hit the road for this weekend's game against Arsenal Tula in the Russian Premier League. That said, the hosts have their own targets, which at the moments looks like slipping away.
Form – Who will win Today Match?
Arsenal Tula: Ended a two-game skid in the most unlikely fixture as they downed CSKA Moscow 0-1 away from home. That result should put the fire in Arsenal Tula players' belly and should give the players impetus for the ent assignment which is as tough as it was in the last round. With the win, Arsenal maintained the seventh position on the table, but those two defeats have left them nine points behind the Europa League places.
Arsenal Tula at home this season: For reasons unknown, Arsenal Tula have performed better in away games than the home matches. They are only the 11th best team in home games this season.
Goals for: 10
Goals against: 12
Lokomotiv Moscow: When you are challenging a rival as big and powerful as Zenit Saint Petersburg, you know even the slightest of mistakes could prove to lethal.
Lokomotiv collected only five points from their last five league games – two defeats and two draws, including the 1-2 home defeat against Dynamo Moscow. In the same numbers of games, Zenit accumulated 13 points – four wins and a draw. That's an eight points deficit, and it's the same gap between them and Zenit at the top.
Lokomotiv Moscow in away games this season: Bengaluru FC are yet to win an away game this season, but they are without a defeat as well.
Goals for: 15
Goals against: 09
Host: Arsenal Tula
Visitors: Lokomotiv Moscow
Competition: Russian Premier League
Match Venue: Arsenal Stadium
Match Timing: Friday, December 06, @10:00 PM
Arsenal Tula: Won 0-1 away at CSKA Moscow.
Lokomotiv Moscow: Lost 1-2 at home against Dynamo Moscow.
Arsenal Tula to win: 3.00 (2/1), Probability to happen: 33.33%
Lokomotiv Moscow to win: 2.37 (137/100), Probability to happen: 42.19%
Draw: 3.33 (233/100), Probability to happen: 30.03%
Arsenal Tula: Goran Causic, Igor Gorbatenko, Evgeni Lutsenko
Lokomotiv Moscow: Grzegorz Krychowiak, Anton Miranchuk, Aleksey Miranchuk
Evgeni Lutsenko: 5 goals
Evans Kangwa: 3 goals
Aleksandr Lomovitskiy: 2 goals
Grzegorz Krychowiak: 8 goals
Aleksey Miranchuk: 5 goals
Eder: 4 goals
Arsenal Tula team news: The home team will monitor attacking midfielder Sergey Tkachev who picked up a hip injury against CSKA Moscow last weekend. He is a major doubt for the match. Head coach Igor Cherevchenko has no other injury issues ahead of Friday’s match
Lokomotiv Moscow team news: Jefferson Farfan, Boris Rotenberg, Luka Djordjevic and Joao Mario remain the injured players for Lokomotiv at the moment.
In addition, right-back Vladislav Ignatjev is suspended for the match due to the accumulation of yellow cards. Expect Dmitry Zhivoglyadov to start the match as a result.
Arsenal Tula: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Narayan Das, Rana Gharami, Diawandou Diagne, Shubham Sarangi, Vinit Rai, Marcos Tebar, Nanda Kumar, Xisco Hernandez, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Aridane Santana
Lokomotiv Moscow: Anton Kochenkov (GK), Dmitry Zhivoglyadov, Vedran Corluka, Benedikt Howedes, Maciej Rybus, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Dimitri Barinov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Anton Miranchuk, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov
Defenders: Kombarov, Corluka, Rybus
Midfielders: Causic, Krychowiak, Aleksei-Miranchuk (C), D Barinov, Kostadinov
Attackers: Lutsenko (VC), Smolov
Arsenal Tula are without a win in the last five home matches, while Lokomotiv have won the last 8 straight on the road.
The visitors are favourite to win the game.