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The Premier League game at VEB Arena on Sunday sees home team CSKA Moscow ready themselves for the visit of Zenit St Petersburg.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for CSKA Moscow v Zenit St Petersburg can be found here - plus the latest betting odds.
CSKA Moscow go into this match after a 0-0 Premier League drawn match against FC Khimki.
In that match, CSKA Moscow had 45% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. FC Khimki had 15 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
In their last 6 games, Aleksei Berezutski's CSKA Moscow have hit the target a total of 5 times - an average number of goals per match of 0.83.
Looking at their past form shows that CSKA Moscow:
- have not beaten Zenit St Petersburg in their last 6 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 5 home league matches.
Zenit St Petersburg
Last time out, Zenit St Petersburg drew 1-1 in the Champions League match with Malmö FF.
In that game, Zenit St Petersburg had 55% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Zenit St Petersburg was Yaroslav Rakitskiy (92'). At the other end, Malmö FF got 4 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. Søren Rieks (28') scored for Malmö FF.
The stats tell the story, and Zenit St Petersburg have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 8 goals in all. Defensively, Zenit St Petersburg have clearly had some problems. That sort of trend isn’t assured to be carried forward here, however.
Pre-game facts show that Zenit St Petersburg:
- have not lost to CSKA Moscow when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head results stretching back to 12/05/2019 shows that these encounters have ended in disappointment for CSKA Moscow. They have not managed to get any victories whatsoever whereas Zenit St Petersburg have been too good for them, winning in 83% of those ties.
A total of 19 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 5 from Armeytsy and 14 being from Sine-Belo-Golubye. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.17.
The last league game between the two was Premier League match day 6 on 26/08/2021 when it finished Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 CSKA Moscow.
On that day, Zenit St Petersburg had 58% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Sardar Azmoun (82').
CSKA Moscow got 10 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Sergey Ivanov.
Team News: CSKA Moscow
The CSKA Moscow boss Aleksei Berezutski will be happy not to have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash owing to a completely injury-free squad to pick from.
Team News: Zenit St Petersburg
Due to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, the Zenit St Petersburg boss Sergei Semak does not have any fitness concerns to report before this match.
Our assessment here is that CSKA Moscow will need to put in a solid display to get anything against this Zenit St Petersburg outfit who should do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
That’s why we have predicted a narrow 0-1 victory for Zenit St Petersburg at full-time.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: VEB Arena (30,457)
Captain: Igor Akinfeev
Chairman: Yevgeni Giner
Manager: Aleksei Berezutski
Competitions: Premier League position 6
🔑 Key Player: Fyodor Chalov
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Fyodor Chalov was born in Moscow, Russia. Having made his senior debut playing for CSKA Moscow in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 3 league goals in this Premier League 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 15 appearances.