Russian Premier League / Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St.Petersburg – After seven rounds situation in the very top of the Russian Premier League tables is very interesting as five teams have the same number of points. Spartak and Zenit are among them, which is expected given individual quality of the two teams. Spartak won three league matches but was eliminated from the Europa League. In the previous round Zenit was defeated for the first time this season. Both matches between Spartak and Zenit played last year had ended as a draw.
Game Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St.Petersburg begins 01.09.2019 at 18:00 CET
Spartak started well the Europa League qualifiers but not the Russian Premier League. Now, in the league they have three-game winning streak which propelled them to the top of the table but have been eliminated from the Europa League play-offs. Braga defeated them both times and realistically speaking they were nowhere near the group stage, so now they have obligations only in Russian competitions. It should make their job easier although they didn't need to face such strong rival right after Braga. Forward Ponce cannot play due to suspension and Larsson will replace him, while Til will replace Mirzov in the midfield.
Probable lineups Spartak Moscow: Maksimenko – Eshchenko, Gigot, Jikia, A. Lucas – Guliev, Zobnin – Bakaev, Til, Schurrle – Larsson
Zenit hasn’t started yet its European journey as they enter the fray in the Champions League in the group stage since they are reigning champions of Russia. They started the season with a defeat in the Super Cup by Lokomotiv but they began the championship with three wins. However, Zenit didn’t win in two previous rounds, and they even didn’t score. They drew with Akhmat at home 0-0, and lost to Ufa 1-0 in the previous round. It was an unexpected defeat by the team that is objectively much weaker, although the crisis started in match with Akhmat when they didn’t score, even though they had a player more throughout practically the whole match. Driussi and Malcom are out of action, while Zhirkov could be refreshment in the midfield.
Probable lineups Zenit St.Petersbureg: Lunev – Smolnikov, Ivanovic, Rakitskyi, Santos – Rigoni, Ozdoev, Barrios, Zhirkov – Dzyuba, Azmoun
Betting Pick: Spartak Moscow vs Zenit St.Petersburg
Spartak is definitely more tired due to obligations in Europe but they will enjoy the home-field advantage and we believe that will play better than on last Thursday. Zenit is obviously in some sort of crisis and doesn’t play in a way which indicates that can win in Moscow.
Pick: Asian handicap +0.5 Spartak
Odds: 1.71 at betsson (down to 1.61 can be played)
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