Zenith Saint Petersburg receives Malmö on behalf of the second day of Group H of the Champions League. Both lost their first match and, battling in the same pool as Chelsea and Juventus, they seem doomed to compete for third place. Therefore, if this poster is not the one that inspires the most dreams, the fact remains that the stakes will be high. To follow this meeting, meet on Wednesday at 6:45 pm, at the Saint Petersburg stadium.

Triple reigning Russian champion, the Zenith has started its season quite well and it seems ready to conquer a new crown. So far, he has a great record of seven wins and two draws in the league and, in all competitions, only Chelsea have managed to defeat him (1-0). The Russians should therefore not be ashamed of their start to the season, especially as, against the Blues, they showed genuine defensive solidarity and came close to holding the defending champion in check.

From then on, the Zenith will present themselves confident against Malmö in a match that promises to be decisive in the race for third place and who knows, when we see the level displayed by Juve at the moment, why not in the finals . In any case, it all starts against the Swedes on Wednesday and the Zénith will be keen to win.

For this, he will be able to count on an undeniable attacking potential embodied by the duo Sardar Azmoun, Aleksandr Erokhin. Between them, they have already accumulated 10 goals this season and are always dangerous on the outskirts of the opponent’s area. They will therefore be one to watch, along with the rest of the squad, and we can’t wait to see if they can replicate what they are doing in the league at European level.

Swedish champion last year, Malmö worked his way through the thorny road to Champions League qualifying this summer to finally qualify for the group stage. In this, the Swedish club achieved a real performance as few teams manage to win in the three qualifying rounds and in the play-offs. In any case, Malmö did it and his presence in this group F is already, in itself, a feat.

However, given the group’s lineup, Malmö is not going to stop there and is eyeing a third place finish that could qualify the club in the Europa League. For this, the designated opponent is indeed Zenit St. Petersburg and direct confrontations will be expensive. It’s not all going to be easy though and it will be very difficult to get the upper hand on this well-established Zenith team.

In any case, since his loss to Juventus (3-0), Malmö has not lost in the league, having played important matches against Elfsborg and Djurgarden, respectively fifth and first in the Swedish league. It is therefore a confident team that will appear on the lawn of the Zenith on Tuesday to try to end a series of four defeats without scoring a goal in the Champions League.

For this meeting, the Zenith will have to do without Dejan Lovren, Vyacheslav Karavaev and Magomed Ozdoev, already absent against Chelsea. Otherwise, Sergey Semak should line up his team in 3-4-2-1.

Former Rennes player Ola Toivonen has been withdrawn from this game. Otherwise, no notable absence is to be deplored and we should find the Swedes in a 5-3-2 line-up as they did against Juventus.

On paper, the Zenith still appears much superior to its opponent. In addition, against Chelsea, he showed good things and it seems that the Russians are much more experienced than the Swedes in this type of meeting. Therefore, we believe that the Zenith will win.

Here is a rather risky bet which makes it possible to increase the odds of the victory of the Zenith. However, the Russians do appear to be much stronger than their opponents and at home it wouldn’t be surprising to see them win without too much difficulty. Thus, it could be interesting to bet on a victory of the Zenith by two goals minimum difference.

As we have seen, here are two players who embody the offensive success of their team. When the Zenith finds the fault, it is very often thanks to one of them. So against a limited Malmö team, it wouldn’t be surprising if either Azmoun or Erokhin scored a goal.

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