Akhmat Grozny 7-2-5, Zenit St. Petersburg 9-3-2
11/21/20 8:30 am
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Akhmat Grozny is welcoming Zenit St. Petersburg to Akhmat-Arena in round 15 of the Russian Premier League.
Akhmat is in great form, and they are on a 4-game winning streak and 3-game winning streak in the Russia Premier League. Akhmat has already lost 5 games so far this season, and they are in 7th place in the standings with 23 points, 17 scored goals, and 16 conceded goals. In their latest Premier League game, Akhmat was playing against Tambov on the road, and they were the better team in that match with 58% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a decent 80% of the correct passes. Despite all the chances, Akhmat was struggling in the attacking end, but they were able to score a late goal in the 87th minute. Akhmat has won this match 0-1. Iljin and Berisha have scored 4 goals each for Akhmat so far this season, while Timofeev added 3 goals. Berisha and Iljin added 2 assists each as well. Mbengue and Kaloshin are both injured, and they will miss this game. Akhmat has barely escaped the relegation zone last season, and only because the number of teams that are being relegated was reduced, but this season is going well for Akhmat, and I don’t think they will have any trouble staying in the Premier League.
After 3 losses in a row, Zenit is now on a 3-game streak without a loss, and they have 2 wins during this stretch. In the Premier League standings, Zenit is in 2nd place with 30 points, 30 scored goals, and only 10 conceded goals. Overall, Zenit is the best team in Russia so far this season. In the Champions League, Zenit is in 4th place with only 1 point, and they need to start winning games if they want to get to the Europa League. In their latest Premier League game before the international break, Zenit was playing against Krasnodar at home, and they were the better team with 55% of ball possession, 10 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 83% of the correct passes. Zenit was losing 0-1 in the 16th minute from a penalty kick, and they missed a penalty kick in the 46th minute to tie the score. Zenit was determined in the second half, and they have scored 3 goals, and Zenit has won this match 3-1. Dzyuba has scored 7 goals for Zenit so far this season, while Azmoun and Yerokhin added 6 goals each. Dzyuba has also added 3 assists. Musaev and Wendel are both injured, and they will miss this game for Zenit. With a Champions League game ahead of them, I think Zenit will rest some players in this game, but they still have a lot of quality left to beat any team in the Premier League.
Akhmat has been playing well as of late, but I don’t think they are good enough to beat Zenit, even at home. Akhmat has had some success against Zenit, but we are getting Zenit on the road for a good price, and I will take it.