FC Anzhi have completed the signing of several new players including experienced forward Khasan Mamtov, who scored 23 goals at the FNL last season, and Uzbekistan international Vadim Afonin.
Pavel Dolgov and Magomed Musalov are struggling with injuries and are doubts for the first match of the season.
Shamil Gasanov is currently sidelined because of a leg injury and will miss out here.
Russian defender Sergei Ignashevich is still recovering from a foot surgery and will miss out here.
Centre-back Nikita Chernov, who last season played on loan at FC Yenisey, has returned to Moscow and will look to secure his place in Viktor Goncharenko’s team.
In the last match of the previous season, FC Anzhi were hammered by CSKA at Moscow, but things will probably be different this time and the Dagestan outfit will surely give Viktor Goncharenko’s men a stern examination here.
CSKA Moscow have not signed any new players so far, but Goncharenko is happy to be able to rely on Alan Dzagoev, who missed a large part of the last season due to injury. The Armeitsy are slight favourites to win the three points on Saturday..
Prediction: Anzhi Makhachkala 0-1CSKA Moscow ; FT UNDER 2.5 goals 1.57