SKA Khabarovsk vs Zenit Saint Petersburg
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 16th July 2017
Kick off at 09:00 UK/ 10:00 CET
Venue: Stadion imeni V.I. Lenina.
SKA Khabarovsk will have the honour of opening their Premier League campaign with Zenit.
The match is scheduled for early Sunday morning and the venue is Stadion imeni V.I. Lenina.
The team led by Aleksey Poddubsky was lucky to earn the promotion after penalties as both of their playoffs ties with Orenburg ended in goalless draws.
The team finished the regular part of the FNL season at the fourth position mainly thanks to the rock-solid defense which was very tough to break down throughout the entire campaign.
The visitors are looking to improve the poor results from the last season when they came only third in the Premier League standings.
The team will enter the new campaign with a famous name on the bench as Roberto Mancini took charge of Zenit this summer.
Moreover, the squad has been significantly strengthened with the likes of Leandro Paredes (had a great season in Roma last year), Sebastian Driussi (River Plate’s top scorer) and Rostov’s quadruple (Dmitri Poloz, Christian Noboa, Aleksandr Erokhin and Denis Terentjev).
SKA Khabarovsk vs Zenit: Head to head
This is going to be the first ever head to head meeting between the two sides following SKA’s historical promotion to the top flight of the Russian football.
SKA Khabarovsk vs Zenit: Prediction
Zenit have a star-studded lineup and they will be massive favourites to ease past the league’s newcomers this Sunday.
Since the hosts are quite limited in the final third, we can easily see Zenit keeping a clean sheet as well.
SKA Khabarovsk vs Zenit: Bet Tips
The main bet will be Zenit to win to nil at the odds of 10/11.
You can also take HT/FT Zenit/Zenit bet at 21/20.