Lokomotiv Moscow vs Zenit St.Petersburg / Russian Premier League – This is a derby of the 22nd round as reigning champion Lokomotiv meets currently leading Zenit. Lokomotiv shares the second place and if they lose they will drop out from the title race. Due to having six points more Zenit can play calmer but they are aware that will resolve many things if they win. Zenit won their match played in the first part of season by 5-3.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Zenit St.Petersburg begins 07.04.2019 at 18:00 CET
Lokomotiv plays very good in the second part of season. If they played like that since the beginning they would probably be leaders in the table. They had problems in the first part of season and perhaps the Champions League drained too much of their strength. They ended with it already in the group phase and all what was left were Russian competitions where they had six-game unbeaten streak. They firstly drew in the league and then won three times in a row with a clean sheet, while in the Cup they drew with Rostov 2-2 several days ago and ahead of them is uncertain rematch. The only injured player is Rotenberg.
Probable lineups Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme – Ignatiev, Corluka, Kvirkvelia, Howedes – I. Denisov, Barinov – Al. Miranchuk, Krychowiak, An. Miranchuk – Smolov
Zenit is also fairly good in the second part of season, at least in the league where they haven’t lost a single match, but they lost two in the Europa League round of 16 to Villarreal, which put an end to their European path. Zenit won three times and drew once in four rounds of the second part of season. Two rounds ago they drew with Spartak in Moscow, and in the previous one they faced Orenburg at home. Zenit was the first to receive a goal but in the second half they scored three and won 3-1. Hero of the match was forward Azmoun, whose transfer has already paid off. Kuzyaev is injured, while Marchisio and Erokhin are injured.
Probable lineups Zenit St.Petersburg: Lunev – Smolnikov, Ivanovic, Rakitskiy, Zhirkov – Rigoni, Barrios, Ozdoev, Driussi – Dzyuba, Azmoun
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Zenit St.Petersburg PICK
Lokomotiv must win in order to stay in the title race and we expect to dominate. Zenit can play a lot calmer and we believe that they will wait for their chance and would settle with a draw, but nevertheless, the home team is more likely to win.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Lokomotiv
Odds: 1.85 at bet365 (down to 1.75 can be played)
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