Soccer match preview: Zenit confident before travelling to Ural

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Competition: Russia Premier League
Competition: Sat 19.September
Match begins: 13:30 (UTC)
Venue: SKB-Bank Arena (35061 seats)

Ural will hope to utilise their home advantage to help bridge the gap to today’s opponents. The home side are currently 7 points behind Zenit.

Ural have less rest than Zenit in this fixture, as the hosts were involved in a Russian Cup game only three days ago. At least it's nice to return home after that away game at Volga Ulyanovsk.

It's quite the trip for Zenit when visiting Ural as the cities are 2200 kilometers apart.

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Ural form and stats

2 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat. That’s what Ural have to build on here at SKB-Bank Arena in the Premier League. Two home wins in a row for Ural bring valid hopes of a third.

Ural enjoyed a nice away win last time out, playing at Volga Ulyanovsk's place. The match ended 3-0. Ahead of that match, Ural won a home game hosting Khimki (3-1).

Ural are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 5 goals in 4 games. On the other hand, Ural have conceded 4 goals.

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Zenit form and stats

2-1-1 is the win-draw-loss statistic for Zenit, who have the the best goal difference (+9) in Premier League, in their Premier League matches away.

Impressive finishing from Artem Dzyuba, Andrey Mostovoy and Magomed Ozdoev secured the home win 3-1 against Arsenal Tula in their previous game. A 0-0 draw at Lokomotiv Moskva's stadium before that.

The visiting Zenit have scored more than one goal per away game in the league so far. The grand total is 4 goals from 4 games. Zenit are tight as a drum on their travels, having allowed the opposition only 1 goal away.

Head 2 Head

Ural-Zenit H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Ural zero wins, Zenit nine wins, one draw. six of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

ZenitS. Azmoun
S. Azmoun
4 goals
UralE. Bicfalvi
E. Bicfalvi
3 goals
ZenitA. Dzyuba
A. Dzyuba
2 goals

Ural missing players

Zenit missing players

Ural Zenit
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
7 4 0 Played P 3 4 7
2 2 0 Won W 1 2 5
3 1 0 Drew D 1 1 1
2 1 0 Lost L 1 1 1
6 5 0 Scored S 2 4 13
6 4 0 Conceded C 1 1 4
86% 100% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 67% 75% 86%
57% 75% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 33% 50% 71%
14% 25% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 0% 43%
14% 25% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 29%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 14%
43% 50% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 0% 43%
29% 25% 0% Clean Sheets C S 67% 75% 43%
43% 25% 0% Failed to Score F T 67% 50% 29%
 
3.3 3.2 0 Corners for (avg) C F 6.3 5.8 6.6
8.9 7.8 0 Corners against (avg) C A 1.7 2 2.4
3 2.5 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 3.3 2.8 2
1 0 0 Red cards R C 2 2 2
 
74 44 0 Total Shots T S 39 54 122
17 10 0 Shots on Target S O 9 14 40
35% 50% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 22% 29% 32%
Key stats in Premier League this season:
  • Ural have conceded at least twice as many corners as they have won.
  • Ural have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Ural haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • Zenit has the fewest conceded goals (1) away in Premier League
  • Zenit has the most clean sheets (3) away in Premier League
  • Zenit has the the best goal difference (+9) in Premier League
  • Zenit have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Zenit have scored more than double the goals of Ural.
  • Zenit have won at least twice as many corners as they have conceded.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Zenit 7 5 1 1 13 4 3 3 0 0 9 3 4 2 1 1 4 1 9 16
2 Sochi 7 4 3 0 10 6 3 1 2 0 4 3 4 3 1 0 6 3 4 15
3 Spartak Moskva 7 4 2 1 11 8 4 3 1 0 8 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 3 14
4 CSKA Moskva 7 4 1 2 13 7 3 2 0 1 6 4 4 2 1 1 7 3 6 13
5 Rubin Kazan 7 3 2 2 11 9 4 1 2 1 6 5 3 2 0 1 5 4 2 11
6 Dinamo Moskva 7 3 2 2 6 4 4 2 1 1 3 1 3 1 1 1 3 3 2 11
7 Rostov 7 3 2 2 4 5 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 1 3 3 -1 11
8 Akhmat Grozny 7 3 1 3 8 10 3 1 0 2 3 5 4 2 1 1 5 5 -2 10
9 Lokomotiv Moskva 7 2 3 2 7 6 3 1 1 1 3 3 4 1 2 1 4 3 1 9
10 Ural 7 2 3 2 6 6 4 2 1 1 5 4 3 0 2 1 1 2 0 9
11 Krasnodar 6 2 2 2 7 4 3 1 2 0 4 2 3 1 0 2 3 2 3 8
12 Tambov 7 2 1 4 7 10 4 2 0 2 3 2 3 0 1 2 4 8 -3 7
13 Arsenal Tula 7 1 2 4 7 11 4 1 2 1 5 4 3 0 0 3 2 7 -4 5
14 Ufa 7 1 2 4 5 13 4 0 2 2 2 6 3 1 0 2 3 7 -8 5
15 Khimki 7 0 3 4 5 11 3 0 1 2 2 5 4 0 2 2 3 6 -6 3
16 Rotor Volgograd 6 0 2 4 3 9 3 0 0 3 1 5 3 0 2 1 2 4 -6 2

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The Premier League, or the Russian Football Championship, is the top level football league in Russia. It has 16 teams who play each other home and away for a total of 30 matches each. After this the top team in the league table is the champion, the bottom two relegated directly while two teams play a relegation playoff.