Rubin finished last season in a high 4th position and started this one with three wins in a row. After a mini-crisis, where they celebrated only one in the next 5 matches, coach Slutsky motivated his team and easily won against the Ural with a convincing 4:0. During the national team break, reinforcements came from the Danish Midtjlylland, Andres Droyer (who scored a hat-trick in his debut against the Ural), and striker Herman Onugh from Denmark, who played for Zenit.
Zenit goes for the next title and leads the championship after seven rounds, with 5 wins and two draws. In the last round, they managed to beat Akhmat at home with a score of 3:1. Sergei Semak’s charges began with a defeat in the Champions League group round, losing away to the current winner Chelsea with 1:0. The score is quite decent, given the level of the opponent, and most importantly, they didn’t look so bad in terms of the game, which leaves hope for a successful European season. Ozdoev will definitely not help the team in this match, while Karavaev is doubtful. They are the favorite in this clash, but Rubin at home will continue the good series and should score some goals.