Zenit St. Petersburg take on Azeri side Qarabag in international friendly match on Tuesday, June 28th.
Upcoming match will be the first one for Mircea Lucesku as the head coach of his new team. Zenit failed last season, finishing only third in the Russian Premier League standings. Of course, they won domestic cup, but this trophy won’t cover losses of missing Champions League next season. Zenit have gained 59 points in 30 matches with 61-32 goal difference. The team is on six-match unbeaten run but in won’t really matter as they have new manager and upcoming game is of no importance except gaining physique before the new season.
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Qarabag, in turn, won both the cup and the league in Azerbaijan. No other Azeri team could challenge Qarabag in the league as second team came 22 points behind while the champions gained 84 points in 36 matches with 66-21 goal difference. Once the title was clinched, Qarabag slowed down and allowed themselves to end impressive 19-match unbeaten run. The team have already played one sparring, losing to Wacker Innsbruck 0-1.
The opponents haven’t met before in their history. We should expect Russian side to prevail in the match as all the players who will appear on the field would want to make good first impression and clinch the place in first team while some of the key players battling in Euro-2016 or having vacation.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals.