The second stage of the new season of the championship of Russia will put face to face on Sunday at noon (12:30) on Rubin Kazan and Zenit St. Petersburg. The game promises to be a very interesting and balanced, as proven by some odds we get very close to the victories of the two camps, with a slight advantage for the guests.
Rubin Kazan has played six friendlies and two official matches during this summer, and the balance leaves little to be desired. Friendly Russians checked in two wins, one draw (0-0 vs Steaua Bucharest) and three defeats, while in official matches recorded a 1-1 draw in the first round of the championship against Kuban, and a win by 2 -3 on his land in Jagodina Europa League. From the group hosts will Lisp Al. Ryzantsev suspended.
Rubin Kazan probable team (4-4-1-1): Ryzhikov – Kuzmin, Navas, Marcano, Ansaldi – Eremenko, Kulik, M’Vila, Karadeniz – Natcho – Rondon.
On the other side of the barricade, Zenit St. Petersburg also had a very active summer, training disputand four parties and two official matches. Zenit are preparing to meet a Shakhtar twice (0-1 and 1-0) and Dinamo Kiev twice (3-3 and 1-2) so wealthy Russians have not reached expectations. Regarding the game of two official matches, Zenit lost 0-3 against CSKA Moscow Russian Super Cup, and won the championship in the first round 2-1 away on his land Krasnodar. Guests will not be based on Criscito, Shirokov, Zhevnov and Malafeev, all four injured.
Zenit St. Petersburg probable team (4-3-3): Lodigin – Anyukov, Lombaerts, Neto, Hubocan – Fayzulin Tymoshchuk Witsel – Danny Kerzhakov, Bystrov.
Direct last three games between the two teams were won by Rubin Kazan, the overall score is 5-1. Actually Zenit is without a win in the previous 5 games direct host band.