Football betting preview: Ural with moderate expectations before welcoming Sochi

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Competition: Russia Premier League
Competition: Sat 27.November
Match begins: 11:00 (UTC)
Venue: Ekaterinburg Arena (35061 seats)

Battling Ural are keen to pull off a surprise win when they play top side Sochi in the next league match. It’s 16th vs 3rd and the home regulars will have not-so-high confidence.

Insights:
  • Ural have the fewest scored goals (6) in Premier League
  • Sochi have scored more than double the goals of Ural.

There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.

Sochi have a very long trip to this away game, as there's more than 2700 kilometers in distance to cover. This could prove a challenge, at least for the supporters.

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Ural form and stats

Ural's struggle is real here at Ekaterinburg Arena with only 7 points collected from 8 Premier League games. The win-draw-lost numbers are ugly: 1-4-3. The last three games played by Ural, regardless of arena, have all ended draws.

Ural travelled for their previous game, a trip to Krylya Sovetov that ended 1-1. The hometeam coach I. Shalimov made a successful contribution in the game against Krylya Sovetov, bringing on Yuri Zheleznov who scored the equalizer in the 1-1 draw. The versatile forward Eric Bicfalvi edged out all the other players in that fixture and was awarded a match rating of 7.21 out of 10. Bicfalvi hit two key passes.

Preceding that game was the away draw at Khimki that finished 0-0.

Ural has huge difficulties finding the net and are scoring on average only once per two home matches in the league: 4 goals from 8 games. It's worth mentioning that 2 of these goals has been scored in their last three home matches. From these home matches, Ural have conceded only 7 goals.

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Sochi form and stats

As the visiting team in Premier League matches, Sochi have produced an overall stat of 4-0-4 so far.

The manager V. Fedotov was unhappy after their last game, a Premier League match played at their home ground Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht. Sochi suffered a 1-2 loss to Rubin Kazan (placed 8th). Midfielder Christian Noboa was the best performer of that match, with a rating of 8.14. Noboa served one assist, hit seven key passes and dribled past the opponent 2 of 2 times.

Before that, Sochi secured a home win against CSKA Moskva with the score 4-1.

Sochi find the net regularly in their away games. 9 goals from 8 away fixtures in the league. It's worth mentioning that 5 of these goals has been scored in their last three away matches. Sochi have conceded 11 goals in these away matches.

Head 2 Head

Ural and Sochi have faced off previously this season: Sochi - Ural 2-0. Head to head statistics (for the former five meetings): Ural won two games, one match ended with a draw and Sochi managed two wins. Over 2,5 goals / under 2,5 goals: one / four

Top Goalscorers

SochiZ. Cassierra Cabezas
Z. Cassierra Cabezas
7 goals
SochiA. Yusupov
A. Yusupov
3 goals
SochiC. Noboa Tello
C. Noboa Tello
3 goals

Ural missing players

Sochi missing players

Ural Sochi
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
15 8 4 Played P 2 8 15
2 1 0 Won W 1 4 9
6 4 2 Drew D 0 0 0
7 3 2 Lost L 1 4 6
6 4 0 Scored S 2 9 25
16 7 4 Conceded C 2 11 18
80% 75% 50% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
47% 50% 25% Over 1.5 O 1.5 50% 75% 80%
13% 12% 25% Over 2.5 O 2.5 50% 75% 73%
7% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 20%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 13%
20% 25% 0% BTTS BTTS 50% 62% 60%
33% 38% 50% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 13%
67% 62% 100% Failed to Score F T 50% 38% 27%
 
4 4.1 3.2 Corners for (avg) C F 5.5 5 5.7
6.2 6.8 7 Corners against (avg) C A 2.5 3.9 3.5
2.1 2 2.2 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2 2.9 2.1
1 1 1 Red cards R C 0 0 1
 
9 8.5 7.2 Shots (avg) S ( 16 13.4 15.2
3.3 2.6 2 Shots on Target (avg) S O 5.5 3.9 4.8
12% 19% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 18% 29% 35%
 
15 15 17.5 Shots against (avg) S A 9.5 13.8 12.3
4.4 4.4 5.2 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 3 3.8 3.7
Key stats in Premier League this season:
  • Sochi have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their away matches.
  • Sochi have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Sochi have scored more than double the goals of Ural.
  • Sochi haven’t played a single 0-0 game.
  • Ural have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored.
  • Ural have the fewest matches over the total-line (2) in Premier League
  • Ural have the fewest scored goals (4) at home in Premier League
  • Ural have the fewest scored goals (6) in Premier League
  • Ural have the fewest scored goals in the second half (2) in Premier League

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Zenit 15 10 3 2 39 17 8 7 0 1 26 9 7 3 3 1 13 8 22 33
2 Dinamo Moskva 15 9 2 4 27 17 8 5 1 2 16 7 7 4 1 2 11 10 10 29
3 Sochi 15 9 0 6 25 18 7 5 0 2 16 7 8 4 0 4 9 11 7 27
4 Lokomotiv Moskva 15 6 7 2 21 15 7 4 1 2 12 8 8 2 6 0 9 7 6 25
5 Krasnodar 15 7 3 5 24 14 7 4 1 2 11 6 8 3 2 3 13 8 10 24
6 CSKA Moskva 15 7 3 5 18 14 7 4 2 1 8 3 8 3 1 4 10 11 4 24
7 Krylya Sovetov 15 7 2 6 20 17 7 4 1 2 12 6 8 3 1 4 8 11 3 23
8 Rubin Kazan 15 6 4 5 20 20 8 4 2 2 12 8 7 2 2 3 8 12 0 22
9 Akhmat Grozny 15 7 0 8 17 21 7 4 0 3 9 8 8 3 0 5 8 13 -4 21
10 Spartak Moskva 15 5 4 6 17 21 8 3 3 2 12 9 7 2 1 4 5 12 -4 19
11 Rostov 15 4 5 6 27 27 8 2 2 4 16 15 7 2 3 2 11 12 0 17
12 Ufa 15 3 6 6 16 21 8 2 3 3 10 11 7 1 3 3 6 10 -5 15
13 Olimpiyets 15 4 2 9 16 29 7 1 0 6 7 15 8 3 2 3 9 14 -13 14
14 Khimki 15 2 7 6 11 22 7 1 5 1 6 6 8 1 2 5 5 16 -11 13
15 Arsenal Tula 15 3 4 8 16 31 8 2 4 2 8 10 7 1 0 6 8 21 -15 13
16 Ural 15 2 6 7 6 16 8 1 4 3 4 7 7 1 2 4 2 9 -10 12

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The Premier League, or the Russian Football Championship, is the top level football league in Russia. It has 16 teams who play each other home and away for a total of 30 matches each. After this the top team in the league table is the champion, the bottom two relegated directly while two teams play a relegation playoff.