Rubin vs Ural: prediction for the Russian Premier League fixture
Rubin had a powerful start to the season but seem out of steam now. At the moment the team from Kazan is only 5th in the table with 11 points in the asset. They are 6 points behind the leaders Zenit, but Leonid Slutsky's team has a game in hand.
In the last round, Rubin lost to Krasnodar (0:2). This defeat extended their winless streak across all tournaments to four games.
Ural are failing at the start of the season. After six rounds, Igor Shalimov's men are on the last line of the table. This still can be fixed: the Bumblebees are only four points away from the safety of the 12th line.
In the last round, Ural avoided defeat: a 1:1 draw with Rostov extended Ural's winless streak to seven games.
Rubin have won 2 of their last 4 home victories over Ural with this score.
In the last 6 home games of Rubin, this bet played.
Ural haven't scored in their last 4 away games.
Rubin had a bad couple of games, but so far they remain in the Top 5 and just need to win this fixture to get back into the European competition zone. The team from Kazan can easily score three points here: Ural are the main outsiders of the Premier League and have looked very poor in the first rounds. Rubin are traditionally strong at home and should break their winless streak.
Our prediction - Rubin to win
Rubin are clearly the favourites to win. They have a class advantage, and besides, Ural are in crisis. However, we don't expect a crushing defeat: Rubin do not usually score a lot and are famous for their defensive style. Once they are in the lead, they will play to keep the score.
Our second bet - Rubin to win by 1 goal