Athletistic/ Football. In November 2022, Russian football went on a winter break. And while November and most of December delighted fans of the most popular sport with the World Cup in Qatar, January and the first part of February were more dreary for those who prefer Russian football. Finally, we waited for the return of Russian football. This week there will be official fights. These are the first matches of the 1/4 finals of the Fonbet Russian Football Cup. We offer you to study the schedule of these games and the forecast for them.

Rostov – Urals

February 22, 5:30 p.m. Moscow time

Rostov finished second in Group C with nine points. Wards by Valery Karpin with victories over Dynamo (2:0) and Orenburg (2:1). After that, the Rostovites suffered three consecutive defeats. The team lost against Akhmat (1:3), Dynamo (1:3) and Orenburg (4:2). In the final match “Rostov” defeated “Akhmat” with the score 2:0. “Ural” managed to get first place in group D, gaining 14 points. Viktor Goncharenko’s quarters started with a victory over Sochi (2-0), then lost to CSKA (1-2). The Yekaterinburg team won the rest of the games. Twice in regular time “Torpedo” was beaten – 1:0, 2:1, and the Urals managed to take three points in the game against “Sochi” – 3:2. As for the match with CSKA, regular time ended in a draw 0:0, and in the penalty shootout Viktor Goncharenko’s quarters won a victory over his former team – 5:4. Bookmakers consider “Rostov” the favorite in the first game. The probability of his victory is 45%.

Lokomotiv – Spartak

February 22, 8:00 p.m. Moscow time

This match should be the most exciting. Recently, the ranks of “Locomotive” joined Artyom Dzyuba. Thus, he can enter the field during a match against his former team. Many expect effective actions and brilliant play from the striker. As for the group stage results, Lokomotiv qualified for the playoffs, finishing second in Quartet A. Les Cheminots scored 11 points. The locomotive began with a 2-0 loss to Nizhny Novgorod (the former team of current Moscow team coach Mikhail Galaktionov). Then there was a difficult match with Krasnodar. Regular time ended in a 2:2 draw, and in the penalty shootout Lokomotiv won – 3:1. After that, Lokomotiv managed to beat Khimki twice – 5:0 and 1:0. In the penultimate round, the railwaymen lost to Krasnodar (0: 1), and in the last round they beat Nizhny Novgorod – 3: 1. Spartak also scored 13 points and became the first in group C. The red-whites won the first four matches. They beat “Wings of the Soviets” (1:0), “Torch” (3:0), “Zenith” (3:0) and again “Torch” (2:1). In the fifth round, “Spartak” lost to “Wings of the Soviets” with the score 1:1. The main time of the final match with Zenit ended in a draw 0:0, and Guillermo Abascal’s quarters lost on penalties – 2:4. The bookmakers believe that Spartak will win the first game. The probability of such an outcome is 53%.

Wings of the Soviets – Dynamo

February 23, 3:00 p.m. Moscow time

“Wings of the Soviets” took second place in Group B, gaining 12 points and ahead of “Zenith”. Igor Osinkin’s quarters started with a defeat to Spartak (0:1), then they beat Zenit (2:0) and Fakel (1:0), after which they lost to Zenit (2:1), and in the last two rounds they beat Spartak (2:1) and Fakel (1:0). Dynamo managed to become first in Group C, gaining ten points. Wards Slavisha Jokanovic started with a defeat of “Rostov” (0:2), then beat “Akhmat” (2:1). The main time of the match with “Orenburg” ended in a draw 2:2, in the penalty shootout “Dynamo” lost 3:4. After that, Dynamo beat Rostov (3:1), lost to Akhmat (1:2) and beat Orenburg (1:0). The bookmakers expect Dynamo to win in the next game. The probability of such an outcome is 49%.


February 23, 5:30 p.m. Moscow time

CSKA finished second in Group D with 13 points. Vladimir Fedotov’s wards started with a lot of confidence. They beat Torpedo (2:0), Ural (2:1) and Sochi (2:1). After that, the army team lost to “Torpedo” with the score 0:1. The main time of the match with the “Urals” ended in a draw 0:0, on penalties CSKA lost with the score 4:5. In the final match, the army team beat “Sochi” – 2:1. “Krasnodar” also became the first in group A. “Bulls” scored 13 points. “Krasnodar” defeated “Khimki” with the score 2:0. Then the bulls lost to Lokomotiv – 2: 2 (1: 3 pen.). In the remaining matches, Krasnodar beat Nizhny Novgorod (2:0), lost to the same team (0:1), took over Lokomotiv (1:0) and Khimki (4:1). Note that in the offseason, the bulls have a new head trainer. This is the Serbian specialist Vladimir Ivic. The bookmakers see CSKA as the favorites for the upcoming match. The probability of winning the red-blue is 56%.

Yaroslav Pyatikh, Athletistic

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