As part of one of the matches of the 1st round of the Russian Football Championship, the players of Khimki and Zenit St. Petersburg will come face to face. Will the champion be able to start with a victory in the new season? Our sports portal gives a forecast for this meeting.
The team from the Moscow region failed the Parimatch Premier Cup, losing in all three meetings to Sochi, Rubin and Spartak Moscow. Especially the "red-black" got on the eve of the "red-white", where Cherevchenko's wards lost to the capital's opponent with a score of 1:5. In general, in the off-season, the team looked weaker than it really is, and new players have not yet had time to open up. A serious update of the squad can significantly affect the performance of the team in the national championship.
Zenit has not changed in any way this summer. Unless, while Lovren is recovering from an injury, and Malcom went to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. But Kuzyaev, Ozdoev, Douglas Santos, Karavaev, Erokhin and others play perfectly. The teamwork and safety margin of the Semak team are at the highest level for the Russian championship. As a confirmation of this, the Super Cup won in Kaliningrad against Lokomotiv with a crushing score of 3:0. The St. Petersburg team will play the first number against their opponent and will try to stun him with a well-coordinated game in attack.
Statistics and figures:
- Zenit is a clear favorite of the meeting;
- Khimki have a 5-match series of defeats;
- The residents of Khimki can't win for 7 meetings in a row;
- Zenit has a 13-match streak without defeats;
- The last face-to-face meeting between the rivals ended with a score of 2: 0 in favor of Zenit;
- Zenit has a 5-match winning streak in matches against the Red-Blacks.
The St. Petersburg team will do everything to defeat its opponent in the opening meeting of the season. "Zenit" after winning the Russian Super Cup will be inspired by the trophy won, and will score three points in the match with a clear outsider.