Dinamo Moscow vs Rubin Kazan


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Today’s free tip is in the Russian Premier League encounter between Dinamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan.

Although most people nowadays are more familiar with Rubin Kazan than Dinamo Moscow, it’s the home team that is the far bigger team. Dinamo Moscow have been threatening to make a comeback for years now but simply haven’t managed it – yet. Slowly but surely, however, Dinamo Moscow are returning. They’ve got enough financial clout to make it happen, and they’re doing it the right way i.e. patiently.

For example, last season I thought that Dinamo Moscow was one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League. They were boring, but it worked. They didn’t score enough goals to win games but they perfected the art of frustrating teams. That wasn’t enough for Dinamo Moscow, though. They were desperate for more, so more is what they went and got pre-season. In addition to defensive acquisitions like Ordets, Pliev, Kalinin, and Parshivlyuk, Dinamo Moscow have signed Azeri forward Seydayev, Burkinabe midfield controller Kabore, and Legia Warsaw wonderkid Szymanski. Not only have Dinamo Moscow become even better at the back but they’ve become stronger at creating opportunities too.

The above players have joined a squad that already contains the likes of Joaozinho, Cardoso, Panchenko etc. so Dinamo Moscow suddenly find themselves with options. I will concede that their two main strikers are very similar in their approach and a bit of variety would probably be beneficial. Other than that, though, this Dinamo Moscow team suddenly looks very complete. They’re experienced, consistent, organised, and have a good combination of old and young players. Everything about this team is very healthy right now, and although I really don’t see them competing for the title, I can see them claiming a European place with this squad. They look to have a bit more about them than most teams this season.

Visitors Rubin Kazan had their heart and soul ripped out in 2019. It was one thing to lose star Iranian attacker Azmoun to Zenit St. Petersburg, Kalinin to Dinamo Moscow, and then Kambolov to FK Krasnodar. However, to then sign winger Sutormin from FK Orenburg only for the player to ‘change his mind’ and then sign for Zenit St. Petersburg was little more than a gargantuan kick in the balls. Rubin Kazan don’t have the resources that they once had. Signing a player and then letting him go straightaway is not something they can easily deal with. Slowly, but surely, the Rubin Kazan empire is crumbling.

Most of Rubin Kazan’s summer signings have been opportunistic and optimistic, to say the least. They’ve raided Georgia for the likes of Kvaratskhelia, Mikeltadze, and Davitashvili, all of which are young. They’ve signed Swedish defender Starfelt from IFK Goteborg lately, as well as experienced full-back Denisov, a couple of bit-part players, and the number one goalkeeper of Anzhi Makhachkala, who were relegated last season. It’s hard to be positive about what Rubin Kazan will show this season because they’re losing good players and not replacing them, basically.

I mean, what’s left in this squad for completely unproven Spanish boss Eduardo Docampo to work with? Mogilevets? There’s no depth, very little experience, and no-match winners in this squad anymore. I have no idea what their purported route to goal is but I don’t see it working because they lack the personnel to trouble teams. I don’t see there being any issue with work-rate but this is a team that is lacking an awful lot. I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if they were roped into the relegation battle this season because this squad is bang average at best.

So, yeah – Dinamo Moscow have improved a lot, and Rubin Kazan have gotten worse. The bookies clearly have some idea about that but I still don’t think the full gravity of the situation has sank in or we’d simply not be able to get 4/5 on Dinamo Moscow winning this one. Working on the assumption that the home team converts their chances, the home win should not be in doubt here as Dinamo Moscow excel in every single area when compared to Rubin Kazan.

Verdict: Dinamo Moscow to win at 4/5.

Sunday’s Thoughts

As ever, if there are any explanations required then please feel free to post a comment! For the remainder of my thoughts on today’s games, see below, although I feel compelled to write that the below are not necessarily my tips but merely my thoughts. For confidence ratings, you’ll need to go to the members section here.

Brazilian Serie A:

Botafogo vs Santos
Atletico Mineiro vs Fortaleza
Corinthians vs Flamengo
Avai vs Goias

Bulgarian A PFG:

Botev Plovdiv vs Dunav 2010
Etar vs Levski Sofia

Croatian Prva Liga:

Hajduk Split vs Istra 1961

Czech Republic Liga 1:

Bohemians 1905 vs Mlada Boleslav
Teplice vs Slavia Prague

Danish Superligaen:

Silkeborg vs AC Horsens
Aalborg BK vs SonderjyskE
Esbjerg vs Hobro
Randers vs Brondby
FC Midtjylland vs FC Nordsjaelland

Estonian Meistriliiga:

Trans Narva vs Tulevik
Kuressaare vs FCI Levadia Tallinn
Flora Tallinn vs Maardu

Finnish Veikkausliiga:

Inter Turku vs FC Honka Espoo
KuPS vs IFK Mariehamn

Icelandic Pepsideild:

Breidablik Kopavogur vs UMF Grindavik
Fylkir Reykjavik vs IBV
KA vs IA
Vikingur Reykjavik vs Valur Reykjavik
KR vs Stjarnan Gardabaer

Norwegian Eliteserien:

Brann Bergen vs Stabaek
Molde FK vs Sarpsborg 08

Russian Premier League:

Ural Sverdlovskaya Oblast vs Akhmat Grozny
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Tambov
Dinamo Moscow vs Rubin Kazan
Sochi vs Zenit St. Petersburg

Swedish Allsvenskan:

Malmo FF vs Sirius
IFK Goteborg vs AFC Eskilstuna
IFK Norrkoping vs Ostersunds FK

Swiss Super League:

Young Boys Bern vs Servette
FC Zurich vs Lugano

Swiss Challenge League:

SC Kriens vs Vaduz

Enjoy your free betting tips!