Behind five rounds of fights of the 31st draw of the RPL. Favorites have already taken their well-deserved leadership positions. The editors of the Metaratings portal offer to find out what chances the 16 strongest teams in the country have to choose the main trophy.
The current winner of the Russian Football Championship is Zenit. Under the leadership of Sergei Semak, the team won four league titles in a row. Will the Petersburgers be able to stay on top again and what are the main intrigues awaiting the fans in the new season, we will consider further.
Roster of RPL participants in the 2022/23 season
Tula "Arsenal" and Kazan "Rubin" took the last two lines in the RPL rating table and moved to the First League. In their place came the two best teams of the FNL championship - the capital's "Torpedo" and "Fakel" from Voronezh.
According to the results of the play-offs, FC Khimki remained in the RPL. He also snatched a ticket to the strongest division "Orenburg".
Favorites of the Russian Football Championship in the 2022/23 season
For four years in a row, Zenit has been the strongest team in Russia. Experts believe that there is no reason to believe in a change of champion. Most of the TOP clubs have legionnaires leaving, while in the team from St. Petersburg they exchange one foreigner for two. In forecasts for RPL matches, experts are unanimous in their opinion, calling Zenit the favorite of the fights, regardless of which team is the opponent. The Metarating portal introduces predictions for matches of the RPL and other leagues on the page https://metaratings.ru/prognozy/futbol/.
The bookmakers also have no doubts that Zenit will win the fifth title, offering a coefficient of 1.27 for its triumph.
Three metropolitan teams at once have the same chances of success. These are CSKA, Spartak and Dynamo. For the championship of each of them, quotes are set at 13.0.
CSKA have been undergoing restructuring for several years now. This summer, the team changed their coach. Vladimir Fedotov replaced Alexei Berezutsky as head coach. The specialist previously coached FC Sochi. As you know, the team won the RPL silver medal last season.
As for Spartak, the team failed in the last Premier League season, finishing in tenth place. Despite this, the club won the Russian Cup. In Spartak, there have also been changes in the coaching staff. Italian specialist Paolo Vanoli left the post of head coach, and 33-year-old Spaniard Guillermo Abascal became the new helmsman. Muscovites played well in pre-season matches, but in the duel with Zenit for the Russian Super Cup they lost with a devastating score - 0:4.
In the last draw, the "white-blue" had every chance to win the trophy. For a long time, Dynamo was the only real competitor of Zenit, but at the finish line the team missed the silver medals. In the new season, Serb Slavisa Jokanovic replaced the German Sandro Schwarz at the helm. However, according to experts, Dynamo has too many personnel problems to fight for the title.
There is another Moscow club in the top five - Lokomotiv. You can bet on his victory in the RPL this season with a coefficient of 15.0. Last season, the Red-Greens finished sixth in the standings. They managed to keep the backbone of the squad. Major personnel changes have taken place in the coaching staff. Josef Zinnbauer has been named helmsman, with Marvin Komper and Zaur Khapov also on the coaching staff.
Premier League outsiders 2022/23
Experts consider FC Fakel to be the main outsider of the Premier League. A coefficient of 1.50 is offered for the departure of the team in the line. Among the contenders for a reduction in the division are Torpedo and Orenburg. Their relegation from the Premier League is set at 2.20.
2022/23 season top scorer betting
In recent years, Serdar Azmun and Artyom Dzyuba have been fighting for the title of top scorer in the Premier League. Now Azmun is playing in the Bundesliga, and Dziuba is still without a club. Hamid Agalarov proved himself last season. The Ufa sniper scored 19 goals, but the Bashkir team flew out of the RPL, and their forward is still without a team.
Among the current Russian players in the Premier League, Fedor Smolov is most likely to win the scorer race. A coefficient of 6.0 is set for his victory in the BC line. Last season, the striker managed to play for Lokomotiv and Dynamo, scoring 12 goals in total.
The same level of quotes is set for foreign players - Mateo Cassierra (14 goals for Sochi) and Wilson Isidore (11 goals for Lokomotiv). Also in the line, Spartak forwards Alexander Sobolev and Shamar Nicholson are considered as potential winners. The odds for this outcome are 10.0. Slightly less likely to win in the nomination from Quincy Promes. You can bet on his victory with an index of 15.0.