Dinamo Moscow - Anzhi Betting Preview: Expect a hard-fought match to finish all square

Guus Hiddink's men have struggled to replicate their dominant home form on their travels, and Al Hain-Cole thinks there is value to be found in backing against them
After coming from two goals down to collect a point in their opener against Volga, Dinamo Moscow welcome Anzhi to the Khimki Arena on Friday night for their second Premier League clash.

Dan Petrescu’s men have only won two of the last 10 meetings between these two sides, and are outsiders at 12/5 (3.40) with Paddy Power to collect all three points in this one.

The visitors have actually lost five of their last six away games in the league, so look a little under priced at evens (2.00) to come out on top in the capital.

Four of the hosts’ last five competitive fixtures have resulted in a draw in front of their own fans, so odds of 9/5 (3.25) may seem appealing on the two sides cancelling each other out here.

While Orlov’s unsurpassed home record was the foundation to their third-placed finish last season, their poor away form was the main obstacle holding them back from mounting a serious title challenge.

Although they did manage to secure a 2-0 win in a fractious corresponding fixture last campaign, that victory was one of only five Guus Hiddink’s men picked up in 15 games on the road, and their late collapse in the opening draw at Lokomotiv Moscow did nothing to suggest they have cured their travel sickness.

Meanwhile, Belo-golubye have gone 12 competitive home games unbeaten since that defeat against Friday’s opponents, and therefore seem to provide excellent value at 4/6 (1.67) to at least secure a draw this time out.

The recent defection of crowd favourite Aleksandr Kokorin from Dinamo to Anzhi should help to ensure this fixture is every bit as tumultuous as last season’s match that featured two red cards, and a hard-fought game seems most likely to end up in a stalemate.

While the home fans may be sick of draws after seeing their side pick up a solitary point in seven of their last 11 league fixtures, those 9/4 (3.25) odds are well worth considering on the game finishing up all square.

Dinamo to win or draw at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power
Draw at 9/4 (3.25) with Paddy Power

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