CSKA Pamir vs. Lokomotiv Pamir Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Tajikistan Higher League, April 19
It’s another Dushanbe derby this weekend as the Army club takes on promoted Lokomotiv Pamir. The top-flight newcomer is the result of a merger of a number of clubs but won the First League last year in style and is looking to compete seriously in 2020.
CSKA has not been a real force since the early 1990s and has started this season poorly. Maybe this game will be a chance to get some points on the board.
BetOnline gives the more established club the benefit of the doubt and makes CSKA the favorite for this one. I’m not sure I agree, as Lokomotiv has impressed in its two games, even if they have both been against clubs who joined it in coming up last season. The draw is the bet that immediately stands out for me.
CSKA Pamir vs. Lokomotiv Pamir Match Preview
Dilshod Vasiev is still to make any impression on the league this year with his new club, and that has been one of the reasons why CSKA sits near the foot of the table without a single point to its name. The 2-0 defeat to Istiklol may not have been a terrible result, but the opening-day display against Khujand was poor.
But that is probably the two best teams in the league out of the way, so maybe we will see the true CSKA come through now. Manager Sergei Zhitskiy will definitely hope that is the case.
Lokomotiv’s start to the year has been much different. A draw and a win in the first two games makes pleasant reading for fans of the club, but the caliber of opposition has to be taken into account before anyone gets too carried away.
This should be a much tougher game for Lokomotiv as it attempts to navigate the Higher League. There are still a few more rounds before it faces Istiklol, but there are some other difficult fixtures coming up. The first task of getting some points early on was achieved. Now Lokomotiv must carry on that kind of form.
CSKA Pamir vs. Lokomotiv Pamir Pick
As good as Lokomotiv’s start to the season has been, I don’t think it will spend most of the season around the top of the table. CSKA should be able to mount some kind of challenge of its own as well. So these two sides could actually be very evenly matched. I feel that parity will show through on Sunday, and each club will have to accept a share of the spoils.