The Premier League fixture at Central Stadium Yekaterinburg on Saturday will see home team Ural play Zenit St Petersburg.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Ural v Zenit St Petersburg game - plus the latest betting odds.
Ural are hoping to win again following the 3-1 Premier League success vs FC Khimki.
For Ural, goals were scored by Eric Bicfalvi (15', 67') and Stefan Strandberg (22'). Arshak Koryan (52') was the scorer for FC Khimki.
Fewer than three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the past 6 meetings where Ural have been participants. Regarding the goal distribution in that period, opposition teams scored an aggregate of 4 and Bumblebees totted up 6. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on into this next match.
Heading into this fixture, Ural haven't been defeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
Zenit St Petersburg
Zenit St Petersburg will go into this game following on from a 3-1 Premier League win with the defeat of Arsenal Tula in their most recent game.
For Zenit St Petersburg, goals were scored by Andrei Mostovoy (25'), Artyom Dzyuba (31') and Aleksandr Yerokhin (86'). Yury Kavalyow (60') was the scorer for Arsenal Tula.
A succession of reliable performances from the Zenit St Petersburg defenders has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their past 6 clashes combined. In that period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 11.
Coming into this meeting, Zenit St Petersburg haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head meetings going back to 09/08/2017 shows that these encounters have been a source of anguish for Ural. They’ve not been able to register any victories whatsoever whereas Zenit St Petersburg have dominated them, winning in 83 per cent of those match-ups.
Those games weren’t short on goals, either, with 23 in all which averages out at 3.83 goals per meeting.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was Premier League match day 22 on 14/03/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Zenit St Petersburg 7-1 Ural.
The match was refereed by Vladimir Moskalyov.
Team News: Ural
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Ural manager Yuri Matveyev to be concerned with due to a largely intact group. Oleg Baklov (Knee Injury) will miss out.
We are thinking that Bumblebees will possibly line up in a 4-2-3-1 system this time, utilising Ilia Pomazun, Nikolai Zolotov, Vladimir Rykov, Stefan Strandberg, Denys Kulakov, Rafal Augustyniak, Danijel Miskic, Othman El Kabir, Eric Cosmin Bicfalvi, Andrey Egorychev and Andrey Panyukov.
Team News: Zenit St Petersburg
With a fully healthy group available to select from, Zenit St Petersburg manager Sergei Semak doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever before this game.
There’s a good chance that Sine-Belo-Golubye appear most likely to utilise a 4-4-2 formation, going with Mikhail Kerzhakov, Vyacheslav Karavaev, Douglas Santos, Dejan Lovren, Daniil Krugovoy, Malcom, Magomed Ozdoev, Wilmar Barrios, Andrey Mostovoy, Sardar Azmoun and Artem Dzyuba.
Our thinking is that Ural are likely to put a goal past this Zenit St Petersburg side, but one goal possibly won’t be enough.
We therefore reckon that it will be a very close game with a 1-2 winning score for Zenit St Petersburg after 90 minutes. It really should be an interesting one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Central Stadium Yekaterinburg (35,061)
Captain: Denys Kulakov
Chairman: Grigori Ivanov
Manager: Yuri Matveyev
Competitions: Premier League position 9
🔑 Key Man: Eric Bicfalvi
Generally playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Eric Bicfalvi was born in Carei , Romania. After making a first senior appearance for Tom Tomsk in the 2016 - 2017 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has managed to score 3 league goals in this Premier League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 7 appearances.