PFC Sochi vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Russia- Premier League
Date: Sunday, 21 July 2019
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium (Sochi).
The newly-promoted hosts got off to a losing start in their maiden campaign in the league. The squad were handed a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Spartak Moscow in a game which was almost certain to finish in a tie.
The home team missed out on the major share of possession in that clash. However, they still finished the game with more attempts at goal than their foes. Gigot found the back of the net in the dying stages of stoppage time in the second half to consign Sochi to a winless start.
Zenit bounced back from their defeat in the Russian Super Cup and posted a win in their previous game against Tambov on home soil. The visitors had a lackluster opening half and were far more convincing after the restart with two quick goals in the first five minutes.
The squad kept the lion’s share of possession in that fixture and were far more threatening in the attacking third with a total of nine attempts at goal, six of which were on target.
The debutants are in for a much tougher ninety minutes though this weekend and are the underdogs by a mile to clinch the win.
PFC Sochi vs Zenit St. Petersburg Head to head (h2h)
- Both the teams have not previously locked horns with each other.
PFC Sochi vs Zenit St. Petersburg Prediction
Zenit are the outright favorites to come out on top when they travel to the Fisht Olympic Stadium.
The last season’s league leaders have already picked up their first win at home. They will certainly be looking to extend their current run of form into their first trip on the road too.
The newbies struggled to find the back of the net in their last game, and are unlikely to trouble the visitors who are one of the front runners in the competition.
The away side sprung to life in the latter forty-five minutes of their previous game with both their goals coming after the restart.
So we can definitely expect them to be much livelier following the break, and ultimately take the win at the end of the ninety minutes.
PFC Sochi vs Zenit St. Petersburg Betting tips
Zenit to win @ 1.53 (6/11)
Visitors to score in second half @ 1.44 (4/9).