Latest results and standings
A good start for CSKA in the spring part of the season was expected, but instead it started sadly and unexpectedly: 0:2 from Sochi. However, in the next round, hope flared up again, moreover, with a very brilliant 4-0 win over the no weaker wings of the Soviets.
CSKA broke a three-game losing streak, and Dynamo lost to Krasnodar (1: 3), thanks to which the army team settled in fifth place. Before the third “Rostov” nothing at all – six points.
In the first match after the winter break, Zenit easily beat Pari NN (3: 0), and in the second they had to work hard, and the St. Petersburg team was one step away from losing points. Khimki won 0-2 in 11 minutes, with only Gustavo Mantuan scoring the game-winner in the 91st minute: 3-2.
“Zenith” for 11 rounds before the end of the championship is in the lead with an eight-point lead over “Spartak”.
The CSKA infirmary is empty, there are no disqualified players, but this did not stop Vladimir Fedotov from experimenting in the match against Wings. And the main surprise was not even the appearance of Anton Zabolotny at the start (he scored the winning goal), but the simultaneous placement of him next to Fedor Chalov.
Previously, some coaches tried to push Fedor to the flank, but this always ended in failure, and Fedotov, judging by the first match, managed to do it more correctly. Chalov was one of the most notable players, who also scored a goal.
It is possible that Chalov will also appear in this position against Zenit, thanks to which he will help in the personal work against Malcolm.
Meanwhile, CSKA is just trying to find its game and debug new connections, Zenit is trying to hone existing advantages to the maximum. For example, this applies to the game of Malcolm, who finally began to show what was expected of him over several seasons. In 2023 he scored four goals in two games, thanks to which he has a total of 16 + 5 in the 21st game of the RPL. And this is not only his best result with Zenit, but also the best season of his entire professional career.
And yet Sergei Semak will have to come up with something new due to the injury to Wilmar Barrios, who will hit the St. Petersburg support zone hard. Who will move there is the question. It is possible that Wendel, Daler Kuzyaev or Claudinho, who previously also studied in this position, have to go deeper.
Statistics and facts
· CSKA has not won 10 games in a row against Zenit (9 draws and 1 loss). The last victory is dated 2018.
Zenit is the best guest team in the RPL: 6 wins, 3 draws and 0 losses. Goal difference – 16:3.
· Zenit conceded only 9 goals in 19 games.
· Based on xPTS (expected number of points scored), CSKA is six points behind Zenit, but ahead of Spartak.
· Malkom in the last match against CSKA scored a goal and an assist.
· “Zenith” and CSKA have not played with a score of 0:0 in 11 matches in a row.
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