It may be early in the season, but the importance of this Russian Premier League derby clash at Lokomotiv Stadium won’t be wasted on either side. Watch a free live football stream of Lokomotiv Moscow v CSKA Moscow from 10:30 (BST) this Sunday.
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The Railroaders got their 2013-14 Russian Premier League campaign underway with a creditable 2-2 draw away at wealthy club Anzhi Makhachkala and moved on to four points with a 1-2 win away at Volga Novgorod last weekend. The 2004 champions have been out of the running for the Russian Premier League in recent seasons and a derby against city rivals CSKA on Sunday will be the ultimate acid test for Lokomotiv. Should the home side win then they will move ahead of the reigning champions and new coach Leonid Kuchuk will have an easier job of convincing fans he is the right fit for Lokomotiv Moskow.
The Militarians started their season with identical results to Lokomotiv, drawing 2-2 in their opening game away at Ural before enjoying a 2-1 win over Krylya Sovetov in front of their home fans at Arena Khimki. Ivorian forward Seydou Doumbia was the Russian Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2011-12 and Lokomotiv may find the CSKA striker difficult to handle with two goals scored already this season. Coach Leonid Slutsky has restored pride to CSKA since joining in 2009 and Red-blues haven’t finished out of the top-three since as teams constantly find the Moscow side difficult to break down.
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With four titles, CSKA are acknowledged as the second most succesful club in Russian Premier League history behind Spartak Moscow with nine, while Lokomotiv have won two titles and finished as runners-up on four occasions.
Bet365 Match Odds:
5/6 CSKA Moscow
3/1 Lokomotiv Moscow