Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
Title holders Zenit will be aiming to get off to a flying start to the season when they face Volgograd in their opener. The Zenitchiki have established themselves as the dominant force in the Russian Premier League, and they are once again considered as No. 1 favourites to win the trophy. The reigning champions are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and given the lack of experience in the elite division in the home team, we are tempted to put our money on Sergei Semak’s troops.
The newcomers have only goal set for the upcoming season – the survival. Volgograd should be more than happy with one point from Monday’s football match, but preventing Zenit attackers from scoring is easier said than done. Experienced centre-back Branislav Ivanovic is no longer part of the team, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, away win should be considered.