Spartak Moscow must beat Rostov at home on Saturday in order to guarantee they finish Week 13 of the Russian Premier League campaign atop the table.
Rostov raided the Otkritie Arena with a 4-1 smash-and-grab the last time they visited Spartak in December 2019 when Baktiyar Zaynutdinov bagged a brace. The Kazakh midfielder has since jumped ship to CSKA Moscow, leaving Rostov in need of an alternative hero as they look to climb from sixth and into the top four.
League leaders Spartak are the only club in Russia’s top flight yet to record more than one loss this season, their solitary defeat coming away to arch nemeses CSKA on September 13.
The capital club remain unbeaten at the Otkritie Arena this term but drew 1-1 with Zenit St. Petersburg in their last home outing, with Domenico Tedesco keen to see his side restore some resilience on their own turf
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Spartak Moscow’s meeting with Rostov isn’t available to television audiences in the United States, but you can live stream Russian Premier League matches on fuboTV.
Victor Moses is one who will be particularly hopeful of keeping his place in the Spartak XI after he scored on his full debut for the club following a loan move from Chelsea. The former Nigeria international doubled their lead en route to a 3-1 win at Krasnodar in Week 12 to mark a fast start in his new surroundings:
Rostov lost 4-2 at Sochi in their last road fixture, but the Muzhiki (Tough Guys) have still taken 10 points of a possible 18 away from home this term—only Spartak (16 points), CSKA (13) and Rubin Kazan (12) have earned more.
Head coach Valeri Karpin is plenty familiar with Spartak having played for and managed the club in two different spells, and the 51-year-old seeks to spark another upset against his former employers.
How to Watch Spartak Moscow vs. Rostov
When: Saturday, October 31
Where: Otkritie Arena, Moscow, Russia
Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
The tag team of Ezequiel Ponce and Jordan Larsson have been decisive leading Spartak’s forward line of late, and both players have scored in each of the club’s last two league fixtures.
Argentinian Ponce’s scoring streak dates back three games, and it was he who scored Spartak’s late consolation in that home defeat to Rostov last winter.
Karpin’s side haven’t recorded successive defeats since the opening weeks of the 2020-21 season and will be eager to preserve that record in Week 13. Rostov target back-to-back away wins over Spartak for the first time in their Russian Premier League history, while the Red and Whites hope to set the record straight and extend their unbeaten run in the league to six games.