On Tuesday, November 2, in Turin at the Allianz Stadium arena, the match of the fourth round of the Champions League group stage will take place, in which the Italian Juventus will take the Russian Zenit.
The “old lady” last season interrupted a streak of nine won Scudetto in a row. This blow was so strong for the management that they had to return to the post of head coach Massimiliano Allegri, who worked at the club from 2014 to 2019 and achieved the maximum year after year in Serie A, but was never able to lead the team to triumph in European competition. …
Now, at the equator of the group round of the Champions League, everything is fine for Turin – three dry victories over Swedish Malmo (3: 0), English Chelsea (1: 0), which is the current owner of the most prestigious club trophy, as well as the Russian Zenit (1: 0). In the upcoming fight, it will be enough for the Italian grandee to even achieve a draw in order to secure a place in the 1/8 finals of the tournament ahead of schedule.
Last season, the club from St. Petersburg became the champion of Russia for the third time in a row, breaking away from the silver medalist, Moscow Spartak, by 8 points. Sergei Semak’s team could not win the Cup, but in July they defeated Lokomotiv Moscow with a score of 3: 0 in the Super Cup. The former defender of the Ukrainian national team Yaroslav Rakitskiy, who is the base player, helped Zenit achieve these successes.
However, the triumphs in the domestic arena are probably already boring for the fans of the Russian club. And there are no prerequisites for success in the European arena yet. Winning the UEFA Cup in 2007/08 is Zenit’s only European record. In the Champions League, Petrograd never made it past the 1/8 finals, and even there they ended up only three times.
In the current season, Zenit started with a defeat to English Chelsea (0: 1), then defeated Swedish Malmo (3: 0), and in the third round there was the aforementioned defeat to Juventus at home. In the upcoming match, the Russian champion needs to take revenge, otherwise there will be practically no chances to cling to the Champions League playoffs.
We believe that Juventus will win this match. Our bet will be the position – W1 with the odds of 1.56 on 1xbet website.
Juventus: Schensny – Danilo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro, Locatelli, Cuadrado, Rabiot, Kulusevski, Bentancourt, Morata.
Zenit: Kritsyuk – Chistyakov, Barrios, Rakitsky, Sutormin, Kuzyaev, Wendel, Erokhin, Claudinho, Dzyuba, Azmun.