Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Russia – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 1 September 2019
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Spartak Moscow have certainly found themselves a winning rhythm and are currently on a three-match unbeaten streak in the league. The squad took down Samara with a 2-1 scoreline in their most recent clash on the road and also claimed all three points against CSKA Moscow in their previous home match with the same scorecard.
The titleholders suffered their first blow in the new campaign last weekend when Ufa slotted an unanswered goal past them to pick up the win at the last blast of the whistle. Despite taking sixteen attempts in the final third in that matchup, the visitors were far from clinical in their efforts and were able to work the goalkeeper on just four occasions.
The hosts are currently two points adrift of Zenit in the table and will be hoping to extend their lead further when they lock horns with the foes on Sunday.
Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg Head to head (h2h)
- Two out of the last five meetings have seen Spartak Moscow taste success.
- Their last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.
- Only one out of the previous nine clashes has finished in a stalemate.
- Five of their last seven games featured over 2.5 goals on the charts.
Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg Prediction
The home team are level on points with four other teams in the table and are just one point shy of reaching the helm. Additionally, Spartak Moscow have been at their best on home soil, where they are yet to succumb to defeat.
The visitors stumbled in their last trip on the road. Although they have come out on top in three of their last four outings, it needs mentioning that two of teams have just earned promotion to the top flight, while the other as against a side that finished outside the top ten in the previous season.
So it goes without saying that Zenit have not been a convincing bunch in their trips so far. The away side’s last win at this venue came back in 2012. Considering that three out of the last five visits that they have made here have finished in a draw, there is a possibility that they might be able to hold Spartak to a draw, as a win is definitely out of the question.
Six of the nine goals that Zenit have scored as of now have come in their outings. Taking into account that the last nine clashes between each other here have seen neither keep a clean sheet either, expect goals down each end in this one by all means.
Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg Betting tips
Double chance: Spartak Moscow or draw @ 1.60 (3/5)
Both teams to score @ 1.75 (3/4).