FC Rostov vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Date: Thursday, 1st November 2018
Kick-off at 16.00 UK/ 17.00 CET
Venue: Rostov Arena, Rostov.
A virtual final for the Russian Cup in the form of quarter finals. Two of the best teams in Russia look for a semi final berth in quite possibly the most awaited fixture of the week in the Russian calendar. FC Rostov occupies the fourth spot in the Russian Premier League while Zenit raced to the top spot leaving the rest behind.
Bjorn Sigurdarson and Aleksey Ionov has top scored for FC Rostov in the Premier League with four goals each. Ayaz Guilev and Dmitri Skopintcsev tops the assist chart with two each. Despite these exemplary performances, the defenders are the ones who have been the best performers for the team from Rostov.
Ragnar Sigurdsson, Maciej Wilusz and Alexandru Gatcan have been nothing but top-notch for the team and has held the backline with fierce competitiveness.
Zenit has lot of players in form that it is tough to pick out the best ones. Artem Dzyuba with five goals, Alexandr Erokhin with four goals, Shatov and Driussi with three goals each have all been tearing it up at the front. Dzyuba has also performed well in defensive duties, especially aerial duels.
FC Rostov vs Zenit St. Petersburg Head-to-head (h2h)
- Ten of the last thirteen victories between these two teams’ matches have been for Zenit St. Petersburg.
- FC Rostov has just three wins from last eight matches.
- Zenit has just four losses from last 28 matches.
- FC Rostov has just three wins from last 10 matches at home.
- Zenit is unbeaten in 11 of their last 15 matches on the road.
FC Rostov vs Zenit St. Petersburg Prediction
Zenit St. Petersburg is the topper of the Russian Premier League right now. They gave no other team even a chance to compete for the top spot before they left them crawling behind for second.
Their players are exceptionally well-coordinated and have amazing chemistry. They excel at scoring as well as creating. Their defenders are rock-solid. Opponent forwards would be tired out by the constant checks that are given by the backline of the league-toppers.
FC Rostov is a great team, but against Zenit, they are the underdogs. Their head-to-head record is sufficient evidence for the dominance of the visitors over Rostov.
Last five matches between these teams saw only one team getting into the score sheet. Rostov is notorious for drawing blanks against Zenit. Therefore, expect goals on a premium in this extremely tight clash.
FC Rostov vs Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips
Zenit Draw No Bet @ 1.62 (5/8)
Both Teams to Score: NO @ 1.80 (4/5).