CSKA unsuccessfully finished the first round, as a result of which it dropped closer to the middle of the standings. Zenit, after two consecutive defeats in early October, came to its senses, put two Moscow teams and one from Nizhny Novgorod with their feet, and continues to lead in the championship race. The victory of the army team is able to introduce intrigue in the fight for the RPL gold.
The match of the 16th round of CSKA – Zenit will take place on November 28 in Moscow at the VEB Arena stadium. The beginning is at 20:00 Moscow time.
CSKA after 15 rounds is in 6th position in the standings with 24 points. CSKA score a little (18 goals), but along with Krasnodar they have the best defense in the championship – 14 conceded each.
For a long time, CSKA’s defense was unconditionally the best, but in the 14th round there was a defeat from Sochi – 1: 4. This is the only first round match in which Alexei Berezutsky’s charges conceded more than 2 goals. And in the last round there was an annoying home draw with outsider Khimki – 0: 0.
Having won that match, the army team would have moved up to the top 4, that is, into the European competition zone. But already in the 15th minute the team was let down by Bruno Fuchs, who received a red card, in addition, for this foul a penalty was awarded to the hosts’ goal. However, Ademi forgave the army, breaking past.
“It’s unpleasant to get both a penalty and a sending-off in the 15th minute of the match. But if we talk about the game in general, it’s hard to play 75 minutes in the minority. Everyone makes mistakes, this is football, it happens. But there is no point in retiring in the 15th minute, it is better to concede a goal, ”- Aleksey Berezutsky.
In the minority, the army team could not break into the defense of the Khimki team. Thus, CSKA was unable to present a gift to its goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev, who played the 800th match in his career and the 500th in the Russian championship.
The match of the 15th round with Khimki became the 800th in his career for Akinfeev.
Zenit is the sole leader of the RPL after 15 rounds. Sergey Semak’s team scored 33 points and is 4 points ahead of the nearest pursuer. In addition, the St. Petersburg team has the unconditionally best attack – 39 goals scored!
The gap between Petersburgers could have been even greater, if in the 14th round they had not unexpectedly lost points in the match with the worst team in the league Ural – 0: 0. True, from the 51st minute the blue-white-blue played in the minority after Claudinho was sent off, so a draw can be called an acceptable result.
Yes, at home Zenith has been tearing everyone apart lately. 7: 1 with Spartak, 4: 1 with Dynamo and 5: 1 with Nizhny Novgorod – the results speak for themselves. However, St. Petersburg residents do not shine away – only 1 victory in the last 5 RPL matches. Moreover, Semak’s charges will go to CSKA after the most important Champions League match with Malmo, in which they can guarantee themselves a European Cup spring. For this Zenith is not enough to lose.
Zenith footballers in Sweden preparing for the game with Malmo
The broadcast of the CSKA – Zenit match can be watched on the Match! Premier “. In addition, popular sports resources (Sports.ru and others) will broadcast text online.
- The bookmakers see Zenit as the favorite of the match: the odds of 1.93 are set for his victory, while at CSKA – 4.0, you can also bet on a draw for 4.0.
- The first round match in St. Petersburg ended with Zenit’s victory – 1: 0. The only goal was scored by Serdar Azmun in the 82nd minute.
- The last victory of CSKA over Zenit happened back in November 2018 (2: 0 in Moscow). After that, the St. Petersburg team won 5 matches against the army team with 1 draw.
- In the last 5 away games Zenit have won 1, 3 draws and 1 loss.
- Optimal bet – CSKA won’t lose for 1.96 odds.
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