Zenit Saint Petersburg's stalemate against Akhmat Grozny gives both CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow a chance to close down the gap on the champions and current leaders on the table.
But with both these teams facing each other in the 6th round at Otkritie Arena, only one team can make grounds on the table, provided there is no draw, a result which won't help either team.
The Russian Premier League match will be played between Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow at Otkritie Arena, in Moscow, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 45,360.
The game will start at 10:30 PM (IST), on Monday, August 19.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Spartak Moscow – D L D W W W
CSKA Moscow – W L W W W D
Spartak Moscow Team News:
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Spartak Moscow Probable XI:
Aleksandr Maksimenko (GK), Ayrton Lucas, Georgi Dzhikiya, Samuel Gigot, Andrey Eschenko, Ayaz Guliev, Roman Zobnin, Guus Til, Andre Schurrle, Zelimkhan Bakaev, Jordan Larsson
CSKA Moscow FC Team News:
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CSKA Moscow Probable XI:
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Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Fedor Chalov: The 21-year-old's reputation is growing with every match. For his age of 21 years, he has shown far more maturity and composer in front of the goal. Certainly a star in the making.
Andre Schurrle: Spartak Moscow completed a major coup with a signing of Andre Schurrle. It's completely befuddling why not many clubs came for his signature after Fulham's relegation, but Moscow are more than happy now.
With him on the pitch, Spartak Moscow look even more threatening, especially on the counter-attacks.
Zelimkhan Bakaev: Spartak's player of the campaign so far. He has been phenomenal with or without the ball, not shying away from making off-the-ball runs to help his teammates.
Guus Til: Gives drive in the middle of the park to the team, with his relentless runs and incisive passing.
CSK vs SPK Dream11 potential winner:
A draw looks the most likely result here.