Zenit vs Spartak Moscow
Russian Premier League
Date: Sunday, 6th August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyji.
Everything is perfectly set for the huge derby between two of the strongest teams in the last term of Premier League as the defending champions Spartak Moscow will take on the main threat to their crown Zenit this Sunday at Stadion Krestovskyji.
Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit, along with Akhmat Grozny and Lokomotiv Moscow are the three teams in Russia yet to drop a point this season.
The Lions eased past SLKA Khabarovsk, Rubin Kazan’ and Tosno each to make the perfect start to the new league campaign.
In addition, Roberto Mancini’s star-studded lineup went past Bnei Yehuda of Israel in the third qualifying round for Europa League to get only a single step away from the group phase of the competition. However, the European game could influence Zenit’s confidence and fitness level ahead of the important clash with Spartak.
Sebastian Driussi and Aleksandr Kokorin have been especially inspired in the first couple of rounds and they will be the main threat to Spartak’s goal on Sunday.
Narodnaya komanda got off to a somewhat slower start to their title defense quest with back-to-back draws against Dinamo Moscow and Ufa on the road.
After the slow start, Spartak inscribed their first victory of the season by beating Krasnodar 2-0, helped by goals from Quincy Promes and Fernando.
Matches with Zenit are always thrilling, high-scoring contests, so Spartak need to prepare cautiously for the upcoming duel.
Zenit vs Spartak Moscow: Head to head
Back in April, Spartak Moscow grabbed crucial three points of the season that later allowed them to lift the title. However, they are win-less in Saint Petersburg since 2012, with several forgettable matches since. They shipped 18 goals in the last five away games against Zenit.
The most recent head to head meetings between the two teams offered high–scoring thrillers and there is no reason not to believe in such a scenario happening this Sunday at Stadion Krestovskyji.
Each of previous five H2H encounters between the two sides saw both teams on the score-sheet.
Zenit vs Spartak Moscow: Predictions
By Vito Moretti
The first bet simply has to be BTTS at the odds of 3/4 since both sides have lethal options in the final third.
The hosts will have the home court advantage and they do have a more expensive squad which can easily prevail on their favour making the home win our alternative pick at 4/5 odds.
Vito’ Bet Tips:
- The first bet will be Zenit to win & BTTS at 11/4.
- Sebastian Driussi is 6/4 to score anytime for the hosts.
By Milos Kovacevic
Previous games in St. Petersburg saw Zenit’s domination and goals galore. This season Zenit moved to the new stadium, so the factor of the tradition might be slightly lower. The second leg against Yehuda must be a factor considered before placing any bets – Zenit fielded optimal XI, so the players will be fatigued after the busy period in the last 20 days.
Betting Tips from Milos
- The first bet will be Spartak Moscow +0.5 Asian Handicap at the odds of 2.03.
- A equally good option is Over 2.75 goals at the odds of 2.05.