ZEN vs DYM Dream11: Table-toppers Zenit Saint Petersburg host Dynamo Moscow at Krestovsky Stadium, in what will be a huge clash between two of the most in-form teams in the Russian Premier League this weekend.
Form – Who will win Today Match?
Following Lokomotiv Moscow's 1-2 home defeat against Dynamo Moscow last weekend, and the result which should give Zenit all reasons more not to get complacent against the red-hot Dynamo, Zenit Saint Petersburg created a little daylight at the top following a 1-0 win over Spartak Moskva. The gap between them and Lokomotiv and 3rd placed Krasnodar (both on 34 points each) stands at 8 points going into this match.
Zenit are on a four-game winning run in all competitions and have kept three clean sheets in those games. Zenit's unbeaten run in the Russian Premier League stretches further to seven games.
Zenit in home games this season: (Most goals scored and fewest conceded in home games)
Goals for: 19
Goals against: 05
Had it not been for the poor start to the season, Dynamo would have been closer to the top at this stage. Even when they boast the best current streak in the Russian Premier League, a huge 18 points separate them from Zenit. You can have a sense of how poor Dynamo may have been when the season started.
Indeed, there's no point clinging onto the past. In the current context, Dynamo deserves as much respect as Zenit.
The confidence must be sky-high with Dynamo camp following two fantastic results against FC Rostov and Lokomotiv Moscow in the last two games.
Dynamos Moscow on the road this season:
Goals for: 07
Goals against: 07
Host: Zenit Saint Petersburg
Visitors: Dynamo Moscow
Competition: Russian Premier League
Match Venue: Krestovsky Stadium
Match Timing: Wednesday, December 06, @10:00 PM
Zenit Saint Petersburg to win: 1.55 (11/20), Probability to happen: 64.52%
Dynamo Moscow to win: 6.00 (5/1), Probability to happen: 16.67%
Draw: 3.80 (14/5), Probability to happen: 26.32%
Zenit Saint Petersburg: Vyacheslav Karavaev, Branislav Ivanovic, Sardar Azmoun, Artem Dzyuba
Dynamo Moscow: Sly, Maximilian Philipp, Vladimir Rykov, Ivan Ordets
Zenit Saint Petersburg:
Artem Dzyuba: 10 goals
Sardar Azmoun: 6 goals
Maximilian Philipp: 6 goals
Sly: 2 goals
Zenit Saint Petersburg team news: Midfielder Magomed Ozdoyev was sent off four minutes into the second half in Zenit's 1-0 win over Spartak Moskva last weekend. He is set to serve one-game ban is suspended for this match.
Former Barcelona forward Malcolm is out injured, while the hosts are without Emmanuel Mammana and Andrey Lunev as well. Forward Aleksandr Kokorin remains out of the squad due to his off-field issues, and won't feature in this game.
In addition, veteran winger Yuri Zhirkov and 26-year-old midfielder Daler Kuzyaev remain on Zenit's questionable list ahead of the game. The duo missed the last round's action due to injuries.
Likely changes: Head coach Sergei Semak has no reasons whatsoever to flirt with the winning combination. That said, Magomed Ozdoyev is suspended and there will be a change as a result. Aleksandr Erokhin is expected to replace him in the playing 11 here.
Dynamo Moscow team news: Young defender Roman Yevgenyev lacks match fitness and is expected to miss the game. Joaozinho is expected to miss the game as well, as he continues to nurse a groin injury.
Dynamo will evaluate Zaurbek Pliev and Oscar Hiljemark before the game. Both missed the last round due to injuries.
Expect Dynamo Moscow line-up with the playing 11 as in the last game.
Zenit Saint Petersburg: Mikhail Kerzhakov (GK), Douglas Santos, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Branislav Ivanovic, Vyacheslav Karavaev, Oleg Shatov, Wilmar Barrios, Aleksandr Erokhin, Erokhin, Sardar Azmoun, Artem Dzyuba
Dynamo Moscow: Anton Shunin (GK), Sergey Parshivlyuk, Ivan Ordets, Vladimir Rykov, Grigory Morozov, Roman Neustadter, Artur Yusupov, Sebastian Szymanski, Maximilian Philipp, Konstantin Rausch, Sly
Defenders: Rykov, Ivanovic, D Santos
Midfielders: Erokhin, Shatov, Yusupov, Szymanski
Attackers: Dzyuba (C), Azmoun (VC), Philipp
Even though Dynamos come into this game on a very good form, they didn't face a challenge as big as Zenit in those fixtures. Also, Zenit have beaten Dynamo in the last seven home games and we back them to stretch that run here.