Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
Sunday’s season opener at Neftyanik Stadium pits together Ufa and Krasnodar. Thanks to a thrilling 4-0 win over Akhmat Grozny, Krasnodar booked their place in the Champions League in the last season finale, meaning that they have big ambitions for the upcoming campaign. Experienced Sweden attacker Marcus Berg, who scored nine goals last season, will be the man to watch in the away team, while new signing Igor Smolnikov is likely to make his Krasnodar debut against Ufa.
The hosts, on the other hand, finished the last season in ninth position in the standings. Ufa aim to continue where they left last term, but they face an uphill task in the opening match of the season. Considering that Krasnodar emerged triumphant in each of the previous two meetings between the two teams in the Russian Premier League, away win should be considered.