Even though the winner of the Russian Premier League is certain now, there is still fight for the podium finishes which also means qualifications for the Champions League. There are only two more rounds to go so fans can expect an exciting finish of the season. Let’s see which teams are the favourites according to the Russian Premier League betting predictions.
Zenit St Petersburg have already won the 2019/20 Russian Premier League season thanks to their huge, 14-point lead ahead of current 2nd-place Lokomotiv Moscow. It is their sixth title and second consecutive victory after last year’s win. We will see them again in the 2020/21 Champions League group stage but two more places are still available for the UCL qualifying rounds. Four teams are still fighting for these places, let’s see who they are.
Russian Premier League betting predictions favour Krasnodar and Lokomotiv in top 3
Online sportsbooks in Russia are giving the smallest odds, 1.81 at the 1xBet Sportsbookfor Krasnodar to finish in 2nd place. They are currently in third place with one less game played. In case of winning that game against Dynamo Moscow, they can catch the team ahead of them, Lokomotiv Moscow. Of course, it won’t be an easy game, like the other two remaining matches. First they’ll meet Krilja Szovatov who are fighting against relegation. While their last game will be against 13th-place Akhmat Grozny whose place are not safe either.
We find Lokomotiv Moscow currently in 2nd place, their odds to finish there is 2.15 at the 1xBet Sportsbook. In their last two games they will host their big rival CSKA Moscow, who are also still fighting for a podium finish. So the result of that game can decide the fate of both teams, which is reflected on the high odds. Lokomotiv are slightly favoured to win the game with the odds of 2.715 but the guest’s odds are almost the same with 2.795.
Chances of CSKA and Rostov to finish in top 3
CSKA Moscow finished 4th last season as well, so surely would love to improve on that result. They still have a chance to do so, though their odds to finish in the top 2 is only 15.00. But their 3rd-place finish is more likely with the odds of 3.50 in the Russian Premier League betting predictions. In order to achieve that they need to win the Moscow derby against Lokomotiv. Plus their last game against FC Tambov, another team fighting for staying up in the top league. CSKA should get the three points from that game at home. But even two wins don’t guarantee a Champions League qualifying place if their rivals are also winning their last games.
To complicate things, we have a fifth team, Rostov who are 4 points from the podium right now. So mathematically they can also get to the 3rd place, but in reality it’s not very likely as online gambling sites in Russia are also suggesting. They have the odds of 50.00 to finish in the top 3 at the end of the season. But even finishing in the 5th place will mean international football for next season with qualifying for the Europa League qualifying round.