Zenit St.Petersburg vs. Real Sociedad / Europa League – This is a derby of this group and it is played between two teams that should according to all forecasts win placement in the knockout stage. That is how they started, so Zenit has mastered Vardar away, and Real Sociedad in their field against Rosenborg. When it comes to domestic competitions, Zenit is the leader of the Russian championship and they are without a defeat, but they were eliminated in the early stage of the Cup, while Real Sociedad started with three victories in La Liga and they are now in a series of three defeats. These teams have not before. Begins: 28.09.2017. – 19:00 CET
Zenit had to play two qualifying rounds to get hold of the group stage of this competition and they had big problems with Bnei Yehud and Utrecht, but they still managed to get through and then they showed the right force at the start when they celebrated against Vardar away with 5-0. They are pretty safe in the championship and after 11 rounds they have no defeats and they only played three draws, while the great achievement is that they only received three goals.
In the previous six rounds they did not receive any goals, so the worst thing is that they were eliminated from the Cup, where Dinamo from Moscow was better. They are very efficient and the best is Kokorin, who is accompanied by this summer’s reinforcement Driussi. Coach Mancini did not even rotate the team too much, but let us say that Driussi rested in important guest victory over Krasnodar, as did Smolnikov, while only Shatov is injured.
Probable lineups Zenit St.Petersburg: Lunev – Smolnikov, Ivanovic, Mammana, Criscito – Kranevitter, Noboa, Erokhin – Driussi, Kokorin, Dzyuba
It is very strange what kind of downfall happened to the team of Real Sociedad, and it was after they played great in the first three rounds of La Liga and the first round of Europa League. They defeated Celta, Villarreal and Deportivo, then Rosenborg, and the team from San Sebastian was in great mood. They were in the first place in the championship and then they simply stopped, and lost three matches in a row, and they received nine goals, three at every match, so all in all, they are a team with the most goals scored in La Liga.
They were first defeated by Real Madrid in this series, then they were completely mastered by Levante, while they in the last round, reached Valencia's lead twice, but still lost in the end with 3-2. The suspended D.Llorente was not in the team, as well as the injured I. Martinez and Vela. Raul Navas is also absent and Juanmi is injured, so we now expect new changes and it is possible that D.Llorente, Vela and Canales will be in the starting lineup.
Probable lineups Real Sociedad: Rulli – Odriozola, Elustondo, D.Llorente, Rodrigues – Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Xabi Prieto – Vela, Willian Jose, Canales
Zenit St.Petersburg vs. Real Sociedad PICK
It is clear that Zenit is in a much better form and they are certainly not weaker individually and when we adds to that the advantage of the home field, then it is clear that they are closer to victory. Real Sociedad has somehow dropped in form and it particularly evident in their defence, so they will hardly get more than a draw in this match.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Zenit
Odds: 1.65 at betvictor (down to 1.57 can be played)