There is a gap in both sides’ recent form.
Lokomotiv Moscow are unbeaten for 9 successive games of all competitions, with stable performance. Besides, they have just claimed the Super Cup title, with high morale now.
As for Rubin Kazan, they have poor performance in pre-season friendlies, with poor form. Moreover, Rubin Kazan fail to win any of their last 5 games against Lokomotiv Moscow, with 1 draw and 4 losses during this period.
As the most successful team in recent 2 years of Russian Premier League, Lokomotiv Moscow are expected to win this opening match.