Arsenal Tula vs Spartak Moscow
Russian Premier League
Date: Friday, 1st December 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Arsenal Stadium (Tula).
Miodrag Bozovic can’t complain how the 2017/18 season has panned out for Arsenal Tula. The team that narrowly escaped relegation last season is now sitting at 9th in the table and European qualification zone is at an achievable 5 points distance.
Tula’s success this season owe to their strong home form which is further built on the platform of disciplined defensive unit. The team earned 14 points from their 8 matches which can be split into 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. And they conceded just 5 goals in the process making them the best defensive side in home games this season.
The Canoneers are coming into this game on the back of a 4 match unbeaten run. Also, they haven’t conceded a goal in the process, with the likes of CSKA and Krasnodar falling to 1-0 defeats.
Meantime, Spartak Moscow are in blazing form and this is reflected in last week’s 3-1 home win over Zenit St. Petersburg. Yet, inconsistent form at the start of the season keep them trailing the leaders Lokomotiv Moscow by 8 points.
The The Red and Whites are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games and are coming on the back of three consecutive wins. Their away form has also picked up 2 wins and 3 draws coming from the last five.
Arsenal Tula vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
The matches between Arsenal Tula and Spartak Moscow are always competitive. The last 5 games saw Spartak winning thrice with the remaining two won by Tula. The home team kept clean sheet on all occasions.
At home, Tula won both their Premier League games against Spartak so far – 3-0 last season and 1-0 in the one before.
The teams already met once this season, 2-0 home win for Spartak Moscow.