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Last updated: 18 Aug 2020
Mat Marshall 18 Aug 2020
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  • Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow are both 2-0 to start the season
  • Zenit won their 2nd straight title last season and have won 10 of their last 11 league matches
  • Zenit have won by 2+ goals in 2 of their last 3 matches against CSKA
  • CSKA Moscow finished 3rd last season and are undefeated in 8 of their last 9 matches
  • CSKA have scored in 14 of their last 15 away matches
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Zenit St Petersburg CSKA Moscow
Sardar Azmoun will be a key player for Zenit St Petersburg against CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League (Getty Images)

Zenit St Petersburg host CSKA Moscow in an early top of the table clash in the Russian Premier League. Zenit have established themselves as the dominant force in Russia, can they take an early advantage in the title race?

Zenit St Petersburg Form


Zenit St Petersburg recently won their second straight Russian Premier League title. Sergey Semak’s side are not used to losing, defeated just twice last season and winning the Russian Cup.

Zenit have won 10 of their last 11 league matches. They began the new campaign with a 2-1 win against Lokomotov Moscow in the Russian Super Cup, Artem Dzyuba and Magomed Ozdoev both on target.

Zenit St Petersburg won 2-0 at Rotor Volgograd with Dzyuba and Sebastián Driussi on the score sheet. They backed it up with a 2-0 win at Rostov thanks to Sardar Azmoun and Dejan Lovren. 

Zenit St Petersburg Team News


Goalkeeper Andrey Lunev is doubtful for the match against CSKA. Centre-back Yaroslav Rakitskiy was sent off in Rostov and is suspended.

Versatile forward Aleksey Sutormin has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and could miss out here.

Striker Artem Dzyuba missed the Rostoc match as he battles back problems.

CSKA Moscow Form


CSKA Moscow finished 3rd in the Russian Premier League last season, 22 points behind Zenit St Petersburg. Manager Viktor Goncharenko has been in charge since 2016. 

CSKA are undefeated in eight of their last nine league matches, winning six of the last eight. CSKA won 2-0 at Khimki to start the new campaign with Konstantin Kuchaev and Alan Dzagoev on target.

Dzagoev was taken off injured in the first half against Tambov. His replacement Ilia Shkurin scored the winner after Kuchaev’s opener in a 2-1 win.

CSKA Moscow Team News


Attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev sustained a muscle injury against Tambov and will miss out. Striker Fedor Chalov missed the Tambov match and is doubtful.

Midfielder Ilzat Akhmetov and attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic are injured and doubtful.

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow Head to Head


CSKA Moscow have a 64-34 advantage against Zenit St Petersburg with 46 draws in 144 matches. It hasn’t been as easy since 2015, CSKA winning one of their last 14 matches against Zenit.

The first match last season was a 1-1 draw in St. Petersburg. Zenit won 4-0 in Moscow in June with Branislav Ivanovic, Malcom (2) and Sebastián Driussi on target.

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow Odds


Zenit St Petersburg are 1.75 favourites at betfair with CSKA Moscow priced at 5.25 at bet365. A draw is available at 3.40.

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow Match Up


Zenit St Petersburg have turned the tables against CSKA Moscow, undefeated in 13 of their last 14 matches against CSKA. 

Striker Artem Dzyuba could be missing again, but the attack remains fearsome with Sebastián Driussi, Malcom and Sardar Azmoun all very capable up front.

CSKA Moscow are without attacking midfielders Alan Dzagoev and Nikola Vlasic with striker Fedor Chalov doubtful. 

That’s a lot of threat missing from Goncharenko’s side but Konstantin Kuchaev has started the season with two goals and an assist.

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow Stats


  • Zenit St Petersburg have won 10 of their last 11 matches (Russian Premier League).
  • Zenit St Petersburg have won and seen BTTS in their last 4 home matches (Russian Premier League).
  • Zenit St Petersburg have won by 2+ goals in 2 of their last 3 matches against CSKA Moscow (Russian Premier League).
  • CSKA Moscow have won 6 of their last 8 matches (Russian Premier League).
  • CSKA Moscow have scored in 14 of their last 15 away matches (Russian Premier League).

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow FAQ

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Where is Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow being played?

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow is being played at Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.

When is Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow being played?

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow is being played at 19:00 BST on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

What competition are Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow playing in?

Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow are playing in Russian Premier League.

Verdict

CSKA Moscow are missing three attacking weapons. Zenit are tipped to make it three straight wins to start the new Russian Premier League season.

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