Russian Premier League/Zenit vs Tambov – At the very beginning of new season in the Russian Premier League reigning champion Zenit faces at home last year’s winner of the country’s second football division, the Football National League, Tambov. The two teams met only once, in the Russian Cup 2016 and Zenit won at home the round of 16 match by sound 5-0.
Game Zenit vs Tambov begins 14.07.2019 at 18:00 CET
Zenit played in the Russian Super Cup after three-year long break and lost to Lokomotiv in Moscow by 2-3. The match was full of twists and turns; Lokomotiv was the first to score, Zenit equalised after Azemunov scored in the 52nd minute, but they received two goals in just three minutes, in 78 and 81, and couldn’t win the first available title this season in Russia.
Scorer of both goals for Zenit was Azmoun but that wasn’t enough to win the 5th Super Cup that they won the last time and the second time in a row in 2016. Zenit won its fifth title of Russian champions last season, after it couldn’t do so in three previous. During the preparatory period Zenit won Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 1-0, Honved Budapest 3-0, Levski Sofia 1-0 and Austrian Innsbruck 6-1.
Probable lineups Zenit: Lunev- Smolnikov, Ivanovic, Rakitsky, Zhirkov- Rigoni, Ozdoev, Noboa, Driussi- Dzyuba, Azmoun.
Tambov won the Russian Football National League having won 73 points for four more than Sochi and earned promotion to the first division of Russian football system. In order to strengthen their ranks Tambov brought several new players this summer, all from Africa; Nigerian Moamammed, Konate and Gogou from Ivory Coast and Munir from Ghana, as well as scores of Russian players.
Neither of them is a famous player nor they come from famous teams and they mostly came as free agents, or mostly Russians were withdrawn from loans to other teams. Tambov played in the preparatory period with several Belarus teams and it won Belshina 2-0, Dinamo Minsk 3-2, Soligorsk 3-1 and Lokomotiv Gomel 1-0, while the last test was with Rubin Kazan and that match ended as a goalless draw.
Probable lineups Tambov: Shelia, Cluperca, Gogoua, Karasev, Konate, Markelov, Muyiwa, Osipenko, Shlyakov, Tetrashvili, Appaev.
Betting Pick: Zenit vs Tambov
Zenit shouldn’t have problems to win at the beginning of new season but this is also an opportunity for Tambov players to show how much it worth the Russian second division, or namely the FNL. We forecast on Zenit’s victory with a handicap.
Pick: Asian handicap Zenit -1.5
Odds: 1.63 at bethard (down to 1.53 can be played)
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