Today, March 13, FC Rubin are playing their first home game in 2018. Our guys are playing against Spartak within ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Championship MD 23 at Kazan Arena. Kick-off time: 19:00
The fixture will be officiated by Vladislav Bezborodov, 45, Saint-Petersburg. Assistant referees: Maksim Gavrilin (Vladimir), Valery Danchenko (Ufa); fourth official: Stanislav Vasilyev (Izhevsk): match delegate: Aleksandr Gvardis (Kaliningrad).
Live TV coverage: TNV-Tatarstan and Nash Football
As you remember, the first game in this season was played on September 9 at Otkritiye Arena in Moscow and ended in the 1:0 home side victory owing to Quincy Promes's strong shot from the edge of the box. Tonight the Dutch international is not playing because of his suspension. "Certainly, it's good news" - says FC Rubin captain Cesar Navas.
FC Rubin are not going to have their optimim squad available since Ivelin Popov who has from the very beginning become one of the key players of our team and got immediately adapted to Kurban Berdyev's playing formation is not playing due to his loan contract restrinctions. As for Sardar Azmoun, his availability is under question because of his injury suffered at a training.
Ahead of today's game both Rubin and Spartak are in a good mood after their victories last week against Tosno and SKA-Khabarovsk, respectively. As for the Spartak record, their last league defeat happened on August, 19, i.e. 15 games in a row.
Head-to-head clash record. Official matches played: 32.
Games won by FC Rubin Kazan: 11
Games won by FC Spartak: 14
Games drawn: 7
Balls difference: 36-30 (Spartak)
Games played at Kazan Arena
30.10.14 Russian Cup Round of 16. Rubin vs Spartak - 2:0 (extra time)
30.11.15. Russian Premier League: Rubin vs Spartak - 2:2
Players to miss the game: Popov (loan restrictions) - Promes (suspension)