ORN vs AKM Dream11: In a possible six-pointer clash, FC Orenburg host Akhmat Grozny in the Russian Premier League this weekend at Gazovik Stadium, on Saturday afternoon (IST). Orenburg are 8th on the points table, but only four points separate them from Grozny, who are 2nd from bottom heading into this match.
Indeed, it's been a disappointing season so far both the teams who have failed to build on the successful 2018-19 campaign where Orenburg and Akhmat Grozny finished 7th and 8th respectively. More painful it has been for Grozny who very much finds themselves in the relegation scrimmage. For Orenburg, the position may evoke a better view, but a couple of defeats could drag them down and amongst the teams fighting for their lives.
Orenburg made a terrible start to the new season, as they failed to win in either of the first seven games. Now consider that they have five wins after 16 games in the season, makes a good reading of their improved efforts and performance of the last couple of months. So the home team is very much in the ascendancy and will look to keep the momentum going with a home win over struggling Akhmat Grozny.
That said, the visitors are on a three-game unbeaten run, their best return in a stretch this season. They will draw confidence from their recent showing and also from their improved and dogged approach at the back.
Host: FC Orenburg
Visitors: Akhmat Grozny
Match Timing: November 23, @ 02: 00 PM
Match Venue: Gazovik Stadium
FC Orenburg are priced highest in this match at 2.05 for the win, while the draw is the 2nd most favored result in this game. A win for the visitors is priced at 3.80.
FC Tambov to win: 2.05 (21/20), Probability to happen: 48.78%
Lokomotiv Moscow to win: 3.20 (11/5), Probability to happen: 31.25%
Draw: 3.80 (14/5), Probability to happen: 26.32%
FC Orenburg team news: Centre-back Edi Gutliv has been ruled out for the home side through a knee injury. No more injury problems for FC Orenburg.
Akhmat Grozny team news: The visitors will go into the game without the services of three first-team players, in the form of Rizvan Utsiev, Bernard Berisha and Ravanelli.
Grozny will also miss Anton Shvets through suspension following the 5th booking of the season for the 26-year-old central midfielder during Grozny's 0-0 home draw against FC Ural before the international break.
FC Orenburg: Andrey Klimovich (GK), Georgi Zotov, Sergey Terekhov, Timur Ayupov, Uros Radakovic, Andrey Malykh, Artem Kulishev, Djorde Despotovic
Akhmat Grozny: Evgeni Gorodov (GK), Magomed Musalov, Andrey Semenov, Wilker Angel, Roland Gigolaev, Ismael, Denis Glushakov, Odise Roshi, Oleg Ivanov, Konrad Michalak, Andres Ponce
Defenders: A Malykh, A Semenov, U Radakovic, W Angel
Midfielders: R Alves, O Rishi (VC), D Miskic
Attackers: A Ponce, J Fameyeh, D Despotovic (C)
You can sense the game carries more weight and significance for both the teams as a win for hosts will create some daylight between them and the relegation zone, while a win for Akhmat will spice up things.
However, in terms of getting a result in this game, Orenburg are favorite.