Arsenal Tula vs Zenit Saint Petersburg prediction, preview, squad news and more
An interesting Russian Premier League game awaits as Zenit Saint Petersburg visit ailing Arsenal Tula on Saturday.
The visitors suffered a setback last weekend when they lost 2-1 to FC Sochi. It was Zenit’s first loss of the season. Nevertheless, they retain pole position before their trip to Arsenal Tula.
The hosts are languishing 14th in the table and need an immediate change of fortune if they are to avoid the fall.
Head to head Arsenal Tula vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit enjoy a higher record in this game, having won eight of 14 clashes against Arsenal Tula.
The last time these two clubs met was earlier this year in the round of 16 of the Russian Cup. Surprisingly, Zenit lost this tie by a score of 2-1.
The recent record is in favor of the visitors, who have had a strong start to the season. Their first loss of the campaign was the meeting last weekend.
Zenit Forms Guide: LWWWD
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Arsenal Tula vs Zenit St. Petersburg Team News
Igor Smolnikov’s participation is in doubt following a calf injury he sustained in their last game.
Doubtful: Igor Smolnikov
Sardar Azmoun is set to miss the game following a red card he received in the game against FC Sochi.
Suspended: Sardar Azmoun
Arsenal Tula vs Zenit St. Petersburg Predicts XI
Arsenal Tula Predicts XI (3-4-2-1): Anton Kochenkov; Robert Bauer, Artem Sokol, Taras Burlak; Valeri Gromyko, Kings Kangwa, Georgi Kostadinov, Alesander Tudorie, Daniil Lesovoy, Mikhail Levashov, Evans Kangwa
Zenit St. Petersburg Predicts XI (4-4-2): Stanislav Kritsyuk, Aleksey Sutormin, Dejan Lovren, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos, Andrie Mostvoy, Aleksandr Erokhin, Daler Kuzyaev, Claudinho, Malcolm, Artem Dzyuba
Prediction Arsenal Tula vs Zenit Saint Petersburg
Zenit will enter this game as an overwhelming favorite. They will aim to secure a home win and regain their lost form.
Arsenal Tula are fighting for form. With a third of the season already done, they have a long way to go if they hope to play Premier League football next season.
Zenit’s loss to FC Sochi gave hope to other title contenders, as the former did not appear vulnerable until last weekend. Arsenal Tula find themselves in a decent position to grab that advantage as Zenit’s confidence is shaken.
Nevertheless, Zenit remains the favorite to win the tie.
Prediction: Arsenal Tula 1-3 Zenit Saint Petersburg