Our prediction for this Russia Premier League match:
All eyes will be on Gazprom Arena when Zenit and CSKA Moscow face each other in the Russian Premier League derby on Wednesday evening. The Zenitchiki got off to a flying start to the season, with the team beating both Volgograd and Rostov on the road. The title holders aim to keep their 100% record intact, and they are likely to go for a win in the midweek showdown. Even though experienced defender Yaroslav Rakitsky misses the game through suspension, home win should be considered.
Sardar Azmoun, who found the net in the 2-0 win over Rostov, is likely to keep his place up front. CSKA Moscow, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Khimki and Tambov. The Armeitsy are eager to put an end to Zenit’s dominance in the Russian elite division, but given the number of selection worries in the away team, home win should be considered. Akhmetov and Dzagoev are sidelined with injury, while Magnusson and Vlasic are rated doubtful for the derby.