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R. Volgograd vs Zenit Prediction & Betting tips
In 2002 the Russian Premier League was introduced, in which Zenit St. Petersburg only made the sixth national championship perfect with a 15-point lead at the end of July. This means that the Löwen (Russian Lvy), who even managed to get the double last season, are now the record champions together with CSKA Moscow.
At the start of the 2020/21 season, the champions will be guest at the reigning second division champions and promoted Rotor Volgograd. Against this background, it is not surprising that in the run-up to the game between Volgograd and Zenit St. Petersburg, the odds in the direction of Sergey Semak’s team, as the odds comparison of the betting base shows.
After all, Zenit only lost two of 30 league games at national level in the 2019/20 season and only conceded 18 goals. Because the squad could be strengthened again, nothing should burn with the promoted team, although the forecast at Volgograd against Zenit St. Petersburg must take into account that Rotor also has its strengths on the defensive.
We therefore believe that in the run-up to the season opener, when the teams never know 100% where they stand, it is more sustainable to play a goal bet.
After 16 years of abstinence, Rotor Volgograd is now rising from the long years of immersion. In 2004, the club, which celebrated two runners-up championships in the 1990s, had its license withdrawn. Now the traditional club is returning to the top national league as second division champions after the season has ended.
Under the Belarusian coach Aleksandr Khatskevich, who only took over the coaching post in southern Russia at the end of 2019, the big hopes on the transfer market have so far been absent. Rotor only strengthened himself with free transfer players and loan players.
Against this background, Rotor Volgograd is economically serious and does not have to fear any further problems with the licenses. The squad doesn’t look really competitive at the moment.
The cornerstones of the promotion team could be kept, which could celebrate with only 21 goals conceded from the 27 games in the second highest Russian league after the championship and promotion at the green table. Without noticeable reinforcements, however, a tough battle against relegation begins for Rotor.
The Khatskevich squad really has nothing to lose against the reigning national champions in the first home game of the season. Nobody should really expect a point win.
Because in the promotion season with “only” 41 goals this season practically all victories led to the stable defensive, we expect a very defensive climber at the start of the Premier League, who should have a hard time defeating the reigning double winner over 90 minutes know to hold.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
The Russian flagship club Zenit St. Petersburg reached two milestones in 2020 that the club had never before achieved in history. First of all, the Lions celebrated a successful title defense of their championship, which they won in 2019, for the first time and are now the record champions of the Premier League together with CSKA Moscow.
In addition, there is the cup win against FK Chimki, in which the blue-white-light blue celebrated the first double in the club’s history – even if the original trophy did not make it into the club house later. Former captain Branislav Ivanovic, the cup fell while cheering, which caused a lot of media attention.
With the first double in their pockets, Sergey Semak’s men are of course going into the 2020/21 season as the hunted, in which the goal is of course a title hat-trick. In order for that to work, Zenit has already hit the transfer market and signed Dejan Lovren from Liverpool FC.
More top names are currently still a long way off and there could well be one or the other well-known finish. So far, however, the Lions have been able to keep their successful troop around superstars such as Malcom, Wilmar Barrios, Artem Dzyuba or Sardar Azmoun together.
The key to success should again be the defensive, which around the former Hamburg-based Douglas Santos only conceded 18 goals in the league in the preseason. This is one of the reasons why there were only two defeats in the end.
One of the best defensives in the second division against the best defensive in the country by far – that reinforces a tip on “Under 2.5 goals” at Volgograd against Zenit St. Petersburg, especially since the promoted team also held the goalless draw against CSKA Moscow in the friendly could. For Zenit, of course, only the three points count at the beginning.
R. Volgograd vs Zenit head to head matches
12.11.04 PL R. Volgograd Zenit 2 : 5
13.03.04 PL Zenit R. Volgograd 3 : 2
13.09.03 PL R. Volgograd Zenit 1 : 4
03.05.03 PL Zenit R. Volgograd 0 : 0
28.09.02 PL R. Volgograd Zenit 2 : 1