Anzhi vs Zenit
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 30 September 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Anzhi-Arena (Kaspiysk).
Zenit are flying high at the start of the new Premier League season. They’ve been impeccable so far, winning seven and drawing one of opening eight ties. Such form sees them sit six points clear off the second-placed Krasnodar ahead of Sunday’s away clash with the struggling Anzhi side in Kaspiysk.
The visitors are massive favourites coming into this one given the obvious gulf in quality between the two teams. The Eagles have one of the weakest sides in the competition and they will be lucky to avoid the drop to second tier football next year.
Nonetheless, Anzhi managed to turn a corner by beating Dynamo Moscow 0-1 on the road last weekend to end a six-loss streak in the Premier League. Backing up such result will, however, be a very tough task against the table-toppers here.
Anzhi Makhachkala vs Zenit St Petersburg: Head-to-head
- Zenit completely dominated this match-up over the course of history.
- The Lions won 11, drew 7 and lost only 2 of 20 H2H games with Anzhi.
- Nonetheless, Zenit only won one of past five meetings with the Eagles.
- Two of last three head to head matches saw goals at both ends.
Anzhi Makhachkala vs Zenit St Petersburg: Prediction
Anzhi have the second weakest defensive record coming into this one. They shipped 14 goals in opening eight matches. Such form will be the music to the ears of the red-hot attacking line of Zenit’s.
Sergei Semak has an extremely talented group of players in his ranks. Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Erokhin lead the goalscorers list with four goals apiece, while the likes of Sebastian Driussi and Oleg Ahatov notched three each so far.
Zenit boast competition’s best attacking record with 17 goals scored in eight matches. They notched as many as five in the derby against Lokomotiv Moscow seven days ago.
We thus can’t see the hosts avoiding a tough defeat against such a strong opposition. The visitors should have no troubles storming past the Eagles in the first game of the day on Sunday.
Anzhi Makhachkala vs Zenit St Petersburg: Bet Tips
HT/FT Zenit/Zenit @ 1.83 (5/6)
Zenit -1.5 handicap @ 1.90 (9/10).