Malmo vs Zenit: prediction for the Champions League game
Malmo and Zenit will lock horns at the Eleda Stadion in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, November 23. What to expect from this game? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Malmohad an early start to their Champions league campaign. In the summer, the Swedish champions defeated Ludogorets, HIK, Riga, and Rangers in the qualifying rounds. To the disappointment of Malmo's fans, the club didn't do well in the group stage. Jon Dahl Tomasson's men lost all four matches and couldn't score once.
Malmo were crushed by Juventus (0:3) and Zenit (0:4), and in the las two fixtures, they suffered two defeats to Chelsea (0:5 on aggregate). The hosts don't have any chance to qualify for the knockouts, but can still fight for the third place and the Europa League.
In Allsvenskan, Malmo top the standings with 55 points from 28 games. They recorded 16 victories and 7 matches ended in draws, the latest results being a victory over Goteborg (2:0) and a draw with Hacken (2:2).
Christiansen, Beijmo, Knudsen, Toivonen are all sidelined through injuries.
Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit kicked off their Champions League campaign with a very decent performance in London, where they narrowly lost to Chelsea (0:1). In the following match, Zenit scored four unanswered goals against their today's opponents. After two consecutive defeats to Juventus, Zenit technically still have a chance for a Top-2 finish depending on results elsewhere, but they need maximum points in the last two games.
Zenit are top of the Russian Premier league after 15 rounds. Sergei Semak's men chalked up 33 points from 10 wins and 3 draws, and have a 4-point advantage against the second Dynamo. The attacking performance of the defending champions is superb - they have already scored 39 goals. In the last two rounds, Zenit drew with Ural (0:0) and crushed Nizhny Novgorod (5:1).
Kritsyukand Kuzyaev are unavailable due to injuries, Claudinhois in quarantine.
Goals were scored in both halves in 4 of Zenit's last 5 games.
This bet played in 2 of Malmo's last 4 games.
The visitors scored in 3 of their last 4 away games.
This bet played in 3 of Zenit's last 5 games.
Zenit need maximum points in Sweden to stay in the Champions league, but the Russian champions will be happy to drop to the Europa League from the third place, too. Anyway, they have an advantage in class and should manage a victory in the upcoming game.
Our prediction - Zenit to win
However, we don't think the Swedish side will suffer another devastating defeat at home. We predict Zenit's victory with a margin of two goals.
Second bet - Zenit to win by 2 goals