Sunday, 24 September 2023, 17:00
Ararat Yerevan will welcome Urartu to the Hrazdan Stadium on Sunday evening. Both sides have drawn their last 2 games against each other, can this end in a draw too? Previews, H2H, expert tips, and odds are provided below.Get Your Registration Bonus!
Ararat Yerevan recently faced a tough 2-1 defeat at the hands of Alashkert in their latest match. Olamilekan Fatai started things off by scoring for Alashkert in the 9th minute of the game. However, Alassane Faye managed to level the score for his team in the 34th minute. The decisive moment came when Levan Kutalia, who has been on a goal-scoring spree with 7 goals in 5 league matches, netted the winning goal for his side from a penalty kick in the 68th minute.
This loss marked their third defeat in four games, following earlier losses to BKMA and Noah, but they did manage to secure a victory against Shirak.
Currently, they occupy the 7th position on the league table with 10 points from eight games. They've scored 8 goals and conceded 13.
In the upcoming clash, the 23-year-old French forward, Kassim Hadji, who has only managed to score 2 league goals this season, will be aiming to add to his tally. Doing so could provide a significant confidence boost for him moving forward.
The reigning champions, Urartu, made a strong comeback to form with a 3-1 victory over Van in their most recent match. Prior to this match, they had suffered a surprising 4-2 defeat to Alashkert. In their encounter with Van, Dramane Salou opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the game. However, Van managed to equalize when Chris Boniface converted a penalty in the 24th minute. In the 69th minute, substitute Temur Dzhikiya, who had been on the pitch for just 9 minutes, scored from the penalty spot. Another substitute, Artem Maksimenko, sealed the deal with a goal in the 90+4th minute, securing a 3-1 victory for Urartu.
Urartu have been impressive in their away matches, amassing 9 points from the 5 games they've played on the road. They currently sit in 3rd place on the league table with 16 points from 8 matches, having scored 17 goals and conceded 12.
A player worth keeping an eye on in the upcoming game is the 25-year-old Russian midfielder, Temur Dzhikiya, who notched his 5th goal of the season in their last match after spending only 9 minutes on the field. He had previously scored a second-half hat-trick in a 5-2 victory for Urartu over West Armenia when he came on as a second-half substitute.
Since 2021, Ararat and Urartu have faced each other a total of 11 times. Ararat have emerged victorious in 3 of those matches, while Urartu have claimed victory in 4 games. Additionally, they've played to a draw in 4 matches. Interestingly, their most recent two encounters ended in a draw.
Expert Betting Tips
Despite the fact that the last 2 games between these sides have ended in a draw, I believe the defending champions have all it takes to break that record and claim all 3 points in this clash. However, the hosts will get a consolation goal in front of their home fans.
- W2 for 1.60 odds
- Over 2.5 for 1.89 odds
- BTTS for 1.93 odds