Zorya vs Mariupol’
Ukraine – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 22 July 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: Slavutych-Arena, Zaporozhye.
Zorya and Mariupol’ are set to raise the curtain on the new season in the top flight of the Ukrainian football. The clash is scheduled for Sunday, exactly at noon, and the venue is Slavutych-Arena in Zaporozhye.
Both teams enter the new season with significantly different squads following plenty of changes they’ve made during the summer transfer window. What is interesting to note is that both Zorya and Mariupol’ lost their key men responsible for scoring goals in the previous term. The hosts had to sell super-talented Brazilian forward Iury to Al Nasr of United Arab Emirates. They also lost their first-choice keeper Andriy Lunin who went to Real Madrid for a respectable €8.5m fee.
The visitors will be hoping to repeat the last term’s success (reaching the Championship Round), but they’ll have to do it without an influential attacking midfielder Andriy Totovytsky who returned to his parent club Shakhtar Donetsk.
Zorya vs Mariupol’: Head-to-head
The head to head stats completely favour Zorya who lead the tie by six wins coming into 26th encounter with Mariupol’.
Zorya won two and drew two of last four meetings with Mariupol’.
Zorya were brutal towards their counterparts in the history of matches in Zaporozhye where they won 8, drew 6 and lost only 1 of 15 games.
Zorya vs Mariupol’: Prediction
There were only four points separating these two sides in the previous term (both made the top-five in the league ladder at the end). It’s hard to give accurate predictions for the first round match, though, given that both teams changes a lot in between the two seasons. We thus certainly recommend lower stakes for the tips we’ll suggest below.
Zorya are set as 1.60 favourites to win, but we won’t go for it knowing that Mariupol’ are undefeated in five pre-season friendlies. The visitors will thus come into this high on confidence in spite of the fact they did have an easier opposition this summer. The draw pops up as the best of the betting options and it can be backed at the odds of 3.80. You can alternatively try with the draw at the half time at 2.10.
Zorya vs Mariupol’: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.80
Draw at the half time @ 2.10.