FC Zenit started the new season off on the wrong foot and failed to get anything better than a draw last week against FC Khimki. Despite last round’s upset, Sergey Semak’s men are favourites to win here.

Krylya Sovetov pulled off a spectacular 4-2 win at Orenburg and are looking forward to causing the current Russian champions a major upset on Friday. The Samara outfit haven’t won a match at Saint Petersburg since 2015, however.

Team News

  • Russia international Vyacheslav Karavaev remains sidelined due to a long-term injury and will miss Friday’s match.
  • Brazilian goalkeeper Ivan Quaresma arrived in Russia on Monday and is already training with the team.
  • New signing Gustavo Mantuan has been recovering from injury and will only start training next month.
  • Defenders Mateo Barac and Fernando Costanza missed last round’s match at Orenburg due to minor injuries and are doubts here.
  • Defender Roman Evgenyev and winger Vladimir Khubulov joined the club last week.
  • Versatile forward Vladislav Shitov joined Krylya Sovetov on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow and could start here.

Match Facts and Betting Tips

Zenit have won their last 6 home matches (Premier League).
Zenit win
Zenit have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 home matches against Krylya Sovetov Samara in all competitions.
Over 2.5 goals
Zenit have won 7 of their last 8 home matches against Krylya Sovetov Samara in all competitions.
Zenit win
Zenit have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 home matches (Premier League).
Zenit win
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Zenit‘s last 4 games (Premier League).
Under 2.5 goals
Zenit have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Krylya Sovetov Samara in all competitions.



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