Zenit vs Amkar Perm’
Russia – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 3 March 2018
Kick-Off at 13:30 UK
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyi (St. Petersburg).
Zenit have started the season with the sky-high ambitions under Roberto Mancini. Nonetheless, their quest for the title has been halted with a dreadful series of results in October (five straight league matches without a win) and they went on the winter break with an eight-point deficit to runaway leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.
With ten games left to play until the end of the season, it’s clear that Mancini’s men can’t allow slip-ups, particularly not against the bottom-half sides like Amkar Perm’. The visitors did not change their squad much in comparison to the first half of the season and it’s clear that they will be in for a huge battle in the quest for saving the top flight status until the end of the season.
Gadzhi Gadzhiev’s men currently hold the 13th place (the position which leads to the relegation playoffs) and they’ve scored league low 12 goals in 20 matches so far. Amkar have failed to find the back of the net in last three Premier League games on the road and we feel they’ll have huge problems ending such slump against the league’s heavyweights in St. Petersburg.
Mancini sent the likes of Oleg Shatov, Christian Noboa and Artem Dzyuba on loans this winter. Aleksandr Kokorin has been the standout performer with 10 goals so far in the season. The Russian striker was also on target in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Celtic in the second leg of their Europa League tie last Thursday.
Zenit vs Amkar Perm’: Head-to-head
Zenit have won 7, drawn 6 and lost none of their 13 home matches against Amkar Perm’.
Overall, Amkar have only won 3 of 29 H2H clashes with Zenit.
Only one of last five meetings has seen both teams on the scoreline.
Zenit vs Amkar Perm’: Prediction
Zenit are massive favourites and we do expect to see a pleasant afternoon for the home team fans at Stadion Krestovskyi.
Amkar have been struggling for goals ever since the start of the season and apart from backing a convincing home win, we will also go with the hosts to keep things tight at the back as an alternative option.
Zenit vs Amkar Perm’: Bet Tips
Zenit -1.5 handicap @ 1.95
Zenit to keep a clean sheet @ 1.53