Zenit vs Lokomotiv: is the favorite so obvious?

Zenit vs Lokomotiv: is the favorite so obvious?

Zenit

17/07/2021, at 16:00 GMT
Russia. Super Cup

Odds: 1.87

17/07/2021, at 16:00 GMT
Russia. Super Cup

Odds: 1.87

Lokomotiv

Zenit have scored in the second half in the last two matches. Penalties were awarded in the last two Zenit matches.

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Zenit

For "Zenit" last season turned out to be controversial. The team of Sergei Semak suffered a complete fiasco in the Champions League. The Russian champion scored only one point in six group stage matches and finished last, being behind the third line by as much as seven points. Certainly a club with serious ambitions cannot score such a result.

At the same time, in the Russian championship the "blue-white-blue" did not experience any serious problems. For some time, Zenit was pressured by Spartak, CSKA and Lokomotiv, but in the end they managed to break away from the red-whites by as much as eight points.

In the offseason Andrey Lunev left the team. The goalkeeper moved to German Bayer. In preparation for the season Zenit did not play many friendly matches. In the last one the St. Petersburg club beat Karlsruhe with a score 3:1. Vilmar Barrios, who played in the America's Cup in the summer, will definitely not help the team today. On the eve of the Super Cup Dejan Lovren joined the team.

There are also questions about the readiness of Serdar Azmun and players who took part in Euro 2020. Players did not go through the full cycle of preparation for the season.

Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv played a very weak first round last season. The team of Marko Nikolic left for the winter break, being in the bottom half of the table. However, after a pause, the “railroad workers” seriously added and gave a long winning streak, which up to a certain point even made it possible to count on a champion title, but in the end “Loko” came second to the finish line.

Lokomotiv, unlike its rival, has been renewed for the new season. Vedran Corluka, who had been the main defender for many years, retired and joined the team's coaching staff. Eder and Solomon Kverkvelia left the team as free agents, Vladislav Ignatiev joined Rubin.

Lokomotiv prepared intensively for the start of the season and played much more test matches than Zenit. In the last of them, the “railroad workers” lost 1:2 to “Rostov”.

Prediction

Zenit is not in the best shape for the start of the season. The key central defender of the team did not prepare for the season. Barrios will not be in the center of the field, the readiness of the leaders of the attack of the team in the person of Artem Dziuba and Serdar Azmun raises big questions.

Lokomotiv had more time to get in shape and played more control matches, at least in the readiness of the champion of Russia, the railroad workers are superior.

Lokomotiv knows how to defend well and now Zenit is not in the shape to easily deal with this defense. Our prediction is an Asian handicap (+1) for Lokomotiv. In bookmaker 1xBet this outcome is offered with odds of 1.87.

While teams are far from being in the best shape, the continental tournaments in the summer prevented full preparation for the start of the season. It is unlikely that the match will turn out to be rich in chances and goals. Lokomotiv will clearly not play the first number and Zenit is simply not able to arrange a defeat for the opponent.

Our second bet will be under 2.5 goals total. Such a bet can be placed for 2.00.

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