Lokomotiv Moscow will look to carry their winning momentum as they take a trip to the Akhmat-Arena.
Akhmat Grozny has struggled in the first twelve games of the Russian League and finds itself just four points above the last spot.
Date- Friday, October 18 | Kick-Off- 10:00 PM (IST) | Venue- Akhmat-Arena
Akhmat Grozny Team News
Rashid Rakhimov’s side will be without his frontline goalkeeper, Vitaly Gudiev as the shot-stopper sustained an abdominal muscle injury. The Brazillian midfielder, Ravanelli is also ruled out due to a long term knee injury. Gorodov should be in between the sticks, while a back four of Musalov, Angel, Semenov and Utsiev could be in line against Lokomotiv. Ismael and Glushakov could be the two defensive midfielders. Berisha, Ivanov, Mitrishev might be in attacking midfield, as Mbengue could play as the lone striker.
Vladislav Ignatjiev and Dmitri Barinov will miss out against Akhmat due to suspensions. Jefferson Farfan and Anton Miranchuk remain long term absentees and should be back by new years. Rifat Zhmaletdinov and Fedor Smolov are on the road to recovery but are sidelined for the forthcoming fixture. Benedikt Howedes and Mikhail Lysov are doubtful to feature against Akhmat Grozny.
Guilherme should be starting in goal, while Cerqueira could be the transition from defence to midfield and attack. Eder is expected to start up top.
Akhmat Grozny- Gorodov; Utsiev, Semenov, Angel, Musalov; Ismael, Glushakov; Berisha, Ivanov, Mitrishev; Mbengue
Lokomotiv Moscow- Guilherme; Zhivoglyadov, Corluka, Magkeev, Idowu; Cerqueira, Miranchuk, Kolomeytsev, Krychowiak, Mario; Eder
In the previous six meetings between the two clubs, Akhmat hasn’t won a single game.
Meanwhile, three games have been won by Lokomotiv Moscow and three games have ended on level terms.
Lokomotiv Moscow has won four games on the trot in the league.
Eder can pose a threat against Akhmar at centre forward. The Portuguese international has scored three goals in six appearances so far. Jao Mario in midfield can also create a lot through the midfield for Lokomotiv.
For Akhmat Grozny, Ablaye Mbengue is capable enough of getting his name on the scoresheet.
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