“Zenit” is still on the first line, but was too often wrong, allowing the competitors to come close. Can the hosts to break the saturated defense of “Rubin” and the trail of victories? The answer is in our forecast.
“Zenit” is very powerful statement at the start of the season, the team Sergey Semak won the victory with enviable ease, while her main rivals made mistakes. Having got a decent head start, and the “Zenith” began to allow the opponents too much, as a result, only two points advantage over the second “Krasnodar” and four on the third CSKA.
In the last round of “Zenit” devastating lost Tula “Arsenal”. Already in the sixth minute Arsenal took the lead, but Zenit managed to win that made in the second half, the efforts of Hernani. However, the opponents caught in the evening, courage and struck Andrey Lunev two more times. Defeat 2:4 left “Zenit” in the first place, but now the opponents are much closer, and Semak have to solve problems in defense, because “Zenith” for the first time in the season missed more than three goals.
“Ruby” in this season shows a desire to get into European competitions, but the team Kurban Berdyev is still in ninth place and inferior to the fifth Spartak three points. For a very long time citizens of Kazan won the last successful match happened in the 10th round, then at home they beat “Ural”. To interrupt the series “ruby” could in the last round, but allowed the Dynamo to equalize in the final minutes and the win was missed.
During the week the team Berdyev played in Moscow with “the Locomotive” in the Cup of Russia, but failed to bring in Kazan satisfactory result. Kazan lasted 54 minutes, after which the railwaymen scored his goal. Defeat 0:1 does not deprive Rubin of all chances of passage, but now their situation is much more complicated because one goal of “Locomotive” already is equal to two.
Statistics and personal meetings
- Only one of last four matches between the clubs had scored more than two goals
- First round match ended with the victory of “Zenit” with the score 1:0
- Only one of their last four away matches Rubin scored
Zenit in the last round made a serious mistake and let the “Krasnodar” for the distance of two points, now the St. Petersburg club is likely to go on winter break not as the favorite, although a month ago this scenario seemed unlikely. Probably in the upcoming match Zenit will try to play reliably in defence and not let their goal “the ruby”, well, traditionally, guests will play on the counterattack. It is unlikely the team will take a chance and open up without the need, therefore, for a large number of goals is unlikely to expect.