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Sochi journey to Gazprom Arena on Saturday for the Premier League clash with home team Zenit St Petersburg.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Zenit St Petersburg v Sochi are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Zenit St Petersburg
Zenit St Petersburg will play in this match after a 1-1 Premier League drawn result against FC Krasnodar.
In that match, Zenit St Petersburg managed 60% possession and 17 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Zenit St Petersburg was Mateo Cassierra (70'). On the other side, Krasnodar had 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Eduard Spertsyan (63') was the scorer for FC Krasnodar.
Zenit St Petersburg haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, finding the back of the net every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 matches.
They’ve hit an aggregate of 11 during that time while also conceding a total of 6. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Zenit St Petersburg:
- are unbeaten in the league by Sochi in their previous 4 matches.
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches at home.
After a loss in their previous game against Rubin Kazan in Premier League action, Sochi and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Sochi managed 54% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target. At the other end, Rubin Kazan got 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Ruslan Bezrukov (39') and Mirlind Daku (66') scored for Rubin Kazan.
The stats don’t lie, and Sochi have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 11 goals in total. Defensively, Sochi seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head clashes dating back to 11/04/2021 shows us that Zenit St Petersburg have won 3 of these games & Sochi 1, with the number of draws being 2.
An aggregate of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 13 for Sine-Belo-Golubye and 4 for Belo-sinie. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.83.
The previous league match between the two was Premier League match day 11 on 07/10/2023 when it finished Sochi 0-2 Zenit St Petersburg.
In that match, Sochi had 39% possession and 9 shots at goal with 5 on target.
On the other side, Zenit St Petersburg got 8 shots on goal with 3 on target. Claudinho (9') and Mateo Cassierra (30') scored.
The match was refereed by Vladislav Bezborodov.
Team News: Zenit St Petersburg
The Zenit St Petersburg manager Sergei Semak does not have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this match thanks to a completely injury-free squad ready to go.
We think that Sine-Belo-Golubye should use the 3-5-2 system for this game, beginning the first half with Mikhail Kerzhakov, Strahinja Erakovic, Nuraly Alip, Rodrigão, Daniil Krugovoy, Claudinho, Wendel, Wilmar Barrios, Douglas Santos, Ivan Sergeev and Andrey Mostovoy.
Team News: Sochi
Due to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from, the Sochi boss Aleksandr Tochilin has zero fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this match. Kirill Kravtsov will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We believe Belo-sinie seem most likely to play in a 3-4-2-1 system by sending out Nikolay Zabolotnyi, Ivan Miladinovic, Vanja Drkusic, Vyacheslav Litvinov, Kirill Zaika, Artur Yusupov, Nikita Burmistrov, Artem Makarchuk, Martin Kramarič, Luka Djordjevic and Georgi Melkadze.
In this match, Sochi will do really well to break down a Zenit St Petersburg outfit who will most probably get the goals that they need to set up a big win here.
We reckon that it will be a commanding 3-0 winning scoreline for Zenit St Petersburg after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Zenit St Petersburg
Stadium: Gazprom Arena (67,800)
Captain: Douglas Santos
Chairman: Alexander Medvedev
Manager: Sergei Semak
Competitions: Premier League position 2, Super Cup (Final)
⭐ Star Man: Mateo Cassierra
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Mateo Cassierra was born in Barbacoas, Colombia. After making a first senior appearance for Deportivo Cali in the 2015 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 12 league goals in this Premier League 2023 - 2024 season so far in 14 appearances.