Zenit St. Petersburg Vs FC Krasnodar Dream11 Prediction: The SportsRush brings you the Dream11 prediction between Zenit St. Petersburg and Krasnodar.
Zenit St. Petersburg have taken no time in reaffirming their credentials as one of the firm favourites to walk away with the glistening RPL 2019-20 trophy under their arms. The side have won all three of their opening encounters, putting on stellar clinical displays in all of them to occupy their rightful place in the top of the league standings.
What has impressed from the side has been the way they have gone about things. While the front of the side has been clinical as ever, the backline has been particularly comprehensive, shutting out the opposition on two occasions. They’ve been extremely well disciplined and drilled, not allowing the opposition to muster together any attacks with their worldclass defenders regaling us in a pristine brand of defending.
And the backline’s first test will come today when they square off against Krasnodar, a side who have been equally effective up the park. They’ve stamped their authority with the six goals to their name as well, winning two of their encounters and will be looking to emulate the same performance today as well against an outfit who are going to be their sternest challengers till date.
When teams of such attacking might and stature square off against each other, the one department which ends up making all the difference is the defence. And it’s this narrative which tilts the scales in Zenit St. Petersburg’s favour with the side clearly more well-versed in that segment. Expect their backline to stand tall amongst the two sides today and help the side craft out their fourth successive win.
Probable Playing 11
- New signing Malcolm will be unavailable for Zenit St. Petersburg after moving to the side yesterday in a 40 million move from Barcelona.
- Claesson will miss this match owing to his knee injury.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Lunev, Terentjev, Ivanovic, Rakitskiy, Santos, Sutormin, Ozdoev, Barrios, Driussi, Erokhin, Azmoun
Safonov, Petrov, Spajic, Martnovich, Stotskiy, Kambolov, Vilhenna, Wanderson, Ari, Namli, Ignatyev
Russian Premier League
Match: Zenit Petersburg Vs Krasnodar
Date And Time: 4th August, Sunday- 12:00am IST
Venue: Gazprom Arena, Saint Petersburg
Zenit St. Petersburg
- Lunev, Terentjev, Ivanovic, Rakitskiy, Santos, Sutormin, Ozdoev, Barrios, Driussi, Erokhin, Azmoun
- Safonov, Petrov, Spajic, Martnovich, Stotskiy, Kambolov, Vilhenna, Wanderson, Ari, Namli, Ignatyev
Dream 11 Picks
With a cleansheet not sure of in this encounter, we have opted to bring in the goal-keeper who is going to face the more shots. And it’s going to be Krasnodar’s Matvey Safonov, someone who is bound to come across a carnage of shots, bringing with it the amazing opportunity to contribute with save points for us.
While a clean sheet is tough in this one, it’s not improbable given just how solid and compact Zenit St.Petersburg are at the back. And this sees us go in with leftback Douglas Santos and centreback Yaroslav Rakitskiy from the side. The two together offer the chance to not only come up with a cleansheet but find their way in the opposition’s attacking half as well, making for a formidable duo at the left side of the side’s defence.
We have the one pick from Krasnodar as well with us opting for Cristian Ramirez from the side.
The 4-2-3-1 formation which Krasnodar deploy sees rightwinger Wanderson and central midfielder Tonny Vilhena be quissential to the side’s consummate success in the attacking department. And if the side are to manage to score past their staunch opposition today, the duo will need to intertwine successfully and scour their way past a defence which has not allowed anything to go through it till now.
Elsewhere from Zenit St. Petersburg we are bringing in their leftwinger Alex Sutormin and Magomed Ozdoev for this encounter.
One of the rare sides to play with two strikers up the pitch and utilise them to perfection, Zenit St. Petersburg have had to massively thank Sardar Azmoun and Artem Dzyuba for their success up the field. The two have played with conviction, forming a deadly partnership which saw both bag goals in their previous encounter.
And similarly, Krasnodar have had to turn to their lone striker upfront, Ivan Ignatyev for goals, someone who has delivered as well. He scored two in their 3-0 win over Sochi and is a formidable player for defenders to deal with and keep up with his movement and shoots.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Dzyuba has been picked up as our captain for today while Sardar is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the footballing fraternity over the course of the last year and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.