Zenit St. Petersburg vs. FC Sochi 10/17/20 Premier League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Zenit St. Petersburg 6-3-1, FC Sochi 5-4-1
10/17/20 7 am
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Zenit St. Petersburg is welcoming FC Sochi to Gazprom Arena in round 11 in the Russian Premier League.
Zenit is playing well this season, and they have only 1 loss in 10 games in the Premier League so far this season. With 21 scored goals, Zenit is the best offensive team in Russia, while their defense has also been good with only 6 conceded goals. Zenit is at the top of the Premier League table with 21 points, same as Spartak in second place. In their last Premier League match against Spartak Moscow on the road, Zenit has had 43% of ball possession, 11 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. Zenit got ahead in the 65th minute, but the pressure on their defense was too big, and Zenit has conceded a goal in the 86th minute. The final score of this match was 1-1. Dzyuba and Azmoun have each scored 6 goals for Zenit so far, while Yerokhin added 3 goals. Dzyuba also added 3 assists. There are no reported injuries in Zenit as of right now. Zenit is the best team in Russia, and they are the titleholders, but the competition is strong in the Premier League, and we will see if Zenit can stay consistent while playing in the Champions League and the Premier League.
Sochi is in solid form this season, and they have only 1 loss in their 10 games, alongside 5 wins and 4 draws. Sochi is solid in the attacking end with 17 scored goals, but their defense is not as good with 12 conceded goals. Noboa has scored 7 goals for Sochi so far this season, while Burmistrov added 2 goals. Mevlja and Zabolotnyi added 2 assists each. Nabiullin and Joaozinho added 2 assists each. Popov is the only injured player for FC Sochi at the moment. In their latest Premier League match against Rostov at home, Sochi has had 58% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and only 68% of the correct passes. This was an exciting game where Sochi got ahead in the 19th minute, but Rostov tied the score in the 62nd minute. In the 63rd minute, Rostov conceded a red card, and Sochi got ahead once again in the 66th minute. Just 8 minutes later, Rostov tied the score once again despite being a player short. Fortunately for Sochi, they scored 2 more goals until the end, and they have won this game 4-2. Sochi is in 4th place with 19 points, which is a huge improvement after last season’s 12th place.
Zenit has played only once at home against Sochi, and they have won that game 2-1. Zenit is 4-0-0 at home this season, and they haven’t lost any of their last 14 home games. Both teams are in solid form, but Zenit is the better team defensively, and for that reason, I will stick with Zenit at home.