On July 25, the Russian Cup match “Zenith” – “Akhmat” will take place. The start is at 20:45 Moscow time. Experts have already given a forecast, they consider blue-white-blue to be the favorites – you can bet on the victory of St. Petersburg in bookmakers for 1.36. The success of the Grozny team is estimated at 8.40. They offer to bet on a tie for 5.30.
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Bookmaker odds for the Russian Cup match “Zenith” – “Akhmat” on July 25, 2023
Bookmakers are inclined to believe that the Zenit-Akhmat match will be productive: the total of over 2.5 goals equals 1.54, and the total of under 2.5 goals equals 2.38. If the Petersburgers score, the odds will be 1.06. Grozny’s goal is available in bookmakers at odds of 1.67. You can bet that both teams will score by 1.84.
Analysis and forecast for the match of the Cup of Russia “Zenith” – “Akhmat” (25.07.2023)
The Russian Cup match between Zenit and Akhmat will take place on July 25 in Saint Petersburg at the Gazprom Arena stadium. Sergei Semak’s team won the championship ahead of schedule last season. Over 30 rounds, he lost just twice, with seven more matches ending in a draw. In this segment, the players scored 74 goals, 30 of which involved Malcolm. He scored 23 goals and gave seven assists.
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In the summer, the Russian champions retained almost all the key players in the starting eleven, with the exception of Daler Kuzyaev, who moved to Le Havre and has already made his debut. According to sources, Malcolm has agreed to a contract with Al-Hilal, for which Zenit will receive a record €60 million. Wendel could also leave the team.
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Zenit did a good job in the transfer market to reinforce the squad with the signing of Du Queiroz, Mario Fernández, Alexander Kovalenko and Pedro Enrique Silva dos Santos. The Brazilian striker will join Saint Petersburg during the winter break when he turns 18. Crvena Zvezda defender Strahini Eraković has been transferred, according to sources.
Zenit showed acceptable results in the pre-season training camp. In four games, those from Saint Petersburg could not face only Red Star (1:2). They beat Neftchi (3:1), Fenerbahce (0:0, 4:3 on penalty) and Dynamo St. Petersburg (4:0). However, in the first official matches, the club does not impress with the quality of the game in the final phase.
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Petersburgers rarely approach the start of the season in optimal form, adding already from distance. Zenit in the Super Cup match with CSKA (0:0, 5:4 on penalty) and in the first RPL match with Pari NN (2:0) did not look better in attack. Semak’s team seized the initiative of the game and created dangerous chances in the opposite goal, but in total they only managed two shots on goal.
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In the CSKA match, Mikhail Kerzhakov’s confident game at the gate helped to achieve success, and in the away meeting with the Nizhny Novgorod club, Semak’s wards were able to squeeze the opponent when the hosts remained in the minority after the controversial decision of the judge to remove Viktor Alexandrov. In the first round of the RPL, Malcolm remained on the bench and Cassierra scored a brace.
Talalaev’s resignation and the subsequent appointment of Tashuev had a positive impact on Akhmat’s results. The Grozny club is turning from a middle peasant into a contender for a place in the top three. Under the leadership of the 64-year-old specialist, the team scored 36 points in the last 20 rounds and ultimately finished in fifth place.
Under Tashuev’s leadership, Grozny left the field only twice without productive action. In the last 20 rounds of the last RPL draw, the players answered 36 goals for conceding 20 goals.
Akhmat operated from a high defense with active positional pressure. Tangible progress in this aspect of the game was achieved due to increased intensity and physical activity in training. Work in psychology helped to increase the self-confidence of football players and reveal young talents.
The main discovery of last season was Ivan Oleinikov. The midfielder, who previously played for Chaika in the Second League, became the main player in Akhmat’s attacking mechanism. In total last season he scored five goals and gave six assists. Vladislav Karapuzov also made tangible progress.
It is difficult to give an objective assessment of Akhmat’s readiness for the start of the season. Grozny played only two friendly matches – they drew with Dynamo Makhachkala (1: 1) and defeated Zenit double (4: 2). In the first round match with “Wings of the Soviets” (1:2), Tashuev’s wards took the initiative and were more active in attack, but the low conversion of chances let them down.
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Zenit and Akhmat held 33 face-to-face meetings. Petersburgers recorded 15 wins and 11 games ended in draws. The difference between goals scored and goals conceded is 52:28 in favor of Semak’s pupils.
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In the last draw of the RPL, the Grozny team deducted points from Zenit twice: they drew in a home meeting (0: 0) and deprived St. Petersburg of victory (2: 1). The Petersburgers are far from their optimal form, but in the home game they will feel additional motivation to win. Under Tashuev’s leadership, Akhmat rarely leaves the field without scoring a goal. Hence, the bet on both scores by 1.84.
Forecast and bets for the match of the Cup of Russia “Zenith” – “Akhmat” on July 25, 2023
Zenit was the best attacking team in Russia last season. Petersburgers have more resources. However, Akhmat should not be underestimated. At the end of last season, the team gained a steady pace, showing its true game potential. Over the summer, Tashuev further strengthened the team. We recommend a bet on both you will get a score of 1.84.
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