Zenit vs Rubin Kazan
Russian Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Kick off at 15:30 UK/ 16:30 CET
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyi.
Zenit entered the new season with sky-high ambitions under the famous Italian expert Roberto Mancini.
The Lions did not have any troubles to ease past the league’s newcomers SKA Khabarovsk in the opening round seven days ago, but Mancini is about to face his first real test in the new season this Saturday when Zenit are set to host Rubin Kazan’.
Mancini has a star-studded lineup featuring the new acquisitions (Sebastian Driussi, Leandro Paredes, Dmitriy Poloz, Aleksandr Erokhin, Christian Noboa etc.).
Zenit looked super dominant on the pitch in Khabarovsk. Daler Kuzyaev and Aleksandr Kokorin were on target in a comprehensive 0-2 victory, while Paredes and Erokhin made a decent debut in midfield.
Rubin’s main change happened on the bench as team’s legend Kurban Berdyev returned to try and keep Tatars in the very top of the Russian football.
However, Berdyev will have a mountain to climb to find an adequate solution in the defesne since Rubin have been very easy to break down in pre-season friendlies.
The team continued such trend in the opening round of Premier League as they dropped points on the home court to Krasnodar (1-2) last Sunday.
Zenit vs Rubin Kazan: Head to head
Zenit have completely dominated the match-up over the last couple of years.
The Lions picked up six wins and played a draw in last seven matches with Rubin and they bagged four goals in each of their previous two home fixtures with Tatars.
Zenit vs Rubin Kazan: Prediction
Zenit are massive favourites to clinch the home win, just as the odds suggest. We will be brave enough to back the hosts to win by two or more goals at the odds of 29/20.
Zenit vs Rubin Kazan: Bet Tips
The first pick is Zenit -1.5 handicap at the odds of 29/20.
You can alternatively take Zenit Over 2.5 Team Goals at 9/4.