On July 24, the match of the 2nd round of the Russian Premier League “Lokomotiv” – “Rostov” will take place. The game starts at 20:00 Moscow time. Bookmakers in their forecasts give a slight preference to the hosts: you can bet on the victory of Muscovites in bookmakers with odds of 2.45. The success of Rostovites was estimated by experts at 2.85. Bets on a draw are accepted for 3.60.
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Bookmaker odds for RPL match Lokomotiv vs Rostov on July 24, 2022
Bookmakers believe that the match RPL Lokomotiv – Rostov will be productive: the total over 2.5 goals goes for 1.86, and the total under 2.5 goals – for 2.00. If the hosts score, the odds will be 1.26. Away goal is available at bookmakers with odds of 1.31. You can bet on both teams to score for 1.70.
Analysis and forecast for the match of the 2nd round of the championship of Russia “Lokomotiv” – “Rostov” (24.07.2022)
The new football season is gaining momentum. Four matches of the second round of the Russian Premier League are scheduled for July 24. In one of them, at the RZD Arena stadium in Moscow, Lokomotiv and Rostov will measure their strength. The starting whistle will sound at 20:00 Moscow time. The main referee is Alexei Sukhoi.
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Like many other teams in the Russian championship, Lokomotiv and Rostov faced personnel problems in the middle of last season due to the departure of legionnaires. The railway workers, in addition, also lost their head coach, Markus Gisdol. Despite this, both clubs have achieved good results in the last 12 rounds of the RPL. Finished the draw of the competition in the top 10.
Why Lokomotiv will have big problems in the game with Rostov.
This phenomenon cannot but surprise, because the teams have essentially lost their fundamental players and experienced defenders. As a result, we missed a lot in 12 matches in the Russian championship. As many as 20 balls flew into the gates of the railway workers, and 16 shells fell on the share of the southerners.
How did the clubs manage to get points and fall in love with many fans? Perhaps the performance of the attackers saved the situation. RPL rookie Wilson Isidor shone in the red-green team. And for the yellow-blue heroic cape, Dmitry Poloz put on, who at the end of the season took third place in the table of top scorers in the Russian championship.
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However, one cannot ignore the fact that the forwards became leaders of their teams and loudly declared themselves for the most part thanks to the efforts of mentors – Marvin Comper and Valery Karpin, respectively. First, let’s talk a little about the German specialist, who does not yet have a coaching license.
In fact, it was Compper who prepared the Muscovites for the games in the second half of last season. And formally, the post was held alternately by Dmitry Loskov, Oleg Pashinin and Zaur Khapov. The German helped Isidore open up using fairly simple solutions. The mentor changed the scheme to a more attacking one and sent a large number of forwards and midfielders forward.
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Thus, he provided the talented Frenchman with help in the form of technical and productive players, and also provided freedom for creativity. The striker, by the way, repaid with a goal scored in the match of the first round of the new RPL draw with Pari Nizhny Novgorod. But this was not enough to win.
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Once again summed up the unreliable defense of Muscovites. Nizhny Novgorod managed to level the score in the 72nd minute, running five of them to three defenders. The goal was scored by Vyacheslav Krotov from the transfer of Nikolai Kalinsky. Moreover, it is not clear how, playing in the majority from the 28th minute, the Muscovites allowed the opponent to create a numerical advantage in their own penalty area.
Acquired in the summer from Atlético Paranaense, Lucas Fasson was out of work. The defender definitely needs more time to get used to the RPL and the new team. Although after the departure of the experienced Maciej Rybus to the Moscow Spartak, there are doubts that Fasson will be able to help the railway workers in any way.
The bottom line is that the red-greens still have one or two other specialized defenders. One Brazilian, especially one so young (Fasson is only 21 years old), is unlikely to be able to restore order alone. Therefore, it is quite surprising that instead of another defender, Loko recently strengthened with Rubin forward Ivan Ignatiev. It seems that Daniil Khudyakov and Marinato Guilherme are waiting for another difficult season.
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Now let’s pay attention to the Rostov mentor, who is also the coach of the Russian national team. This, of course, is about Valery Karpin. At the time of his return, the club from Rostov-on-Don was located in the relegation zone to the First League and had a five-match losing streak.
Karpin immediately began to surprise. In the very first match after returning, he managed to defeat Rubin (2: 1). Over the next 10 rounds in the RPL, his wards, demonstrating a crazy character, suffered only three defeats – from Nizhny Novgorod (1: 2), Krasnodar (also 1: 2) and CSKA (0: 4). There were two draws during this period – with Dynamo (1:1) and Ufa (0:0). Everything else is a win.
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It is not clear how Karpin motivated the yellow-blues, but one thing is known for sure – the coach did a tremendous job. Note that he skillfully combined the skill of experienced players and the agility of young players. He also correctly distributed the roles, making Dmitry Poloz the central figure.
On the eve of the new season, the mentor received several quality players to help at once. Rostov was joined by Rubin goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev, Akhmat midfielder Daniil Utkin, who scored 10 goals and provided three assists in the last RPL draw, and Dynamo Moscow center forward Nikolai Komlichenko.
Utkin and Komlichenko have already played one match for the yellow-blues, in which they helped to take points from Dynamo (1: 1) in the confrontation of the first round of the Russian championship. Both players performed great. But the striker still deserves special praise. His return turned out to be just right – Nikolai managed to score against the former club.
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In this situation, it is difficult to determine the favorite. Rostov, like Lokomotiv, did not really strengthen the defense line. To this day, young and inexperienced defenders play. Sometimes they admire the maturity of performances, but the formidable attack of the railroad workers is unlikely to be left without a goal. We believe that the bet “both teams to score” will play. Tolerable coefficient – 1.70. The last three official face-to-face meetings were marked by just such an outcome. I think it will work this time too.
Forecast and bets for the match RPL Lokomotiv – Rostov on July 24, 2022
Both clubs cannot yet boast of a strong defense, but at the same time they do not have any problems of an attacking plan. Lokomotiv has Wilson Isidor and many other high-scoring players. Rostov, in turn, was strengthened pointwise by Nikolai Komlichenko and Daniil Utkin. Together with Valery Karpin and Dmitry Poloz, they will probably put on a show more than once in the new RPL draw. History of head-to-head meetings on the side of goals from both sides. Let’s check this outcome this time.
Bid: both will score at odds of 1.70.
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