Stadium: RZD Arena (Moscow)
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Lokomotiv is playing worse than anyone expected. Back then, they had a great run; they played effectively and efficiently and, therefore, were able to win back a lot of positions in the standings. Now, the Muscovites look a little heavy in many games; they lack a lot of spirit, and Mikhail Galaktionov is trying to find a balance in the game, which is why more and more attention is paid to defense. Yes, all of this has helped in the last eight rounds to allow only one defeat, but there were only three wins in this stretch, and four times there was a draw. This is only enough for eighth place in the standings.
Zenit is the champion of Russia at the end of each of the last five seasons, but in the current championship, they should have had serious problems in the fight for first place. The Nevsky club was without Daler Kuzyaev and Malcom, who were key players, and therefore, in the first third of the championship, there were enough point losses. However, by October, the team still had good momentum, which allowed them to win five times in the last six rounds, with one draw against Krasnodar - 1:1. At the same time, the direct competitors of Sergey Semak's wards lost even more points. Therefore, we can already see Zenit on the first line in the league standings.
Expert Betting Tips
Zenit has been experiencing game problems between November and December in recent years. The key players of the St. Petersburg club are South Americans, who have a hard time playing in the existing weather conditions. Therefore, they are unlikely to show their best football ability. The opponents should take advantage of this, as they have suffered only one defeat in their last 11 matches in all tournaments. Moreover, they won their first head-to-head meeting in the current championship, 2:1, in St. Petersburg, and now they will play at home at RZD Arena.
A solid goal-scoring activity characterizes the confrontation between Lokomotiv and Zenit in recent years. In the previous seven head-to-head meetings, the rivals have combined for 27 goals (3.86 per game on average). With their last matches, they show that they are ready to have fun on the pitch and beyond, as first there was a draw with Krylia Sovetov - 3:3, and then with Baltika - 2:2.