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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Preview Lokomotiv - Zenit.

Локомотив  Зенит
ЛОКОМОТИВ // ЗЕНИТ
Sunday, November 8th 2015
(Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow)
17.30  Lokomotiv Moscow Zenit Saint Petersburg
Referee: Vladimir Moskalev (Voronezh).
Assistants: Aleksey Shiryaev (Stavropol) and Aleksey Lunyov (Novosibirsk).
Sub assistants: ? and ?.
Delegate: Aleksander Safonov (Moscow).
Inspector: Yuriy Baskakov (Moscow).

Precedents
1996
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 13' Zazulin; 77' Kosolapov. 
Lokomotiv - Zenit 3-1: 19' Kosolapov, 66' Kosolapov, 73' Solomatin; 90 Dimitriev. 
1998
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-0
Zenit - Lokomotiv 2-0: 32' Panov, 68' Gorshkov. 
1998
Zenit - Lokomotiv 2-2: 6' Maksimyuk, 20' Lepekhin; 18' Loskov, 80' Kharlachev. 
Lokomotiv - Zenit 3-1: 1' Sargsyan,54' Borodyuk, 76' Chugaynov (rig.); 34' Panov. 
1999
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-2: 18' Babiy (rig.); 66' Smertin, 70' Bulykin. 
Lokomotiv - Zenit 1-1: 73' Cherevchenko; 76' Petukhov. 
2000
Lokomotiv - Zenit 1-1: 56' Loskov (rig.); 73' Popovic. 
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-2: 52' Ogorodnik; 31' Janashia; 64' Maminov. 
2001
Lokomotiv - Zenit 5-1: 20' Janashia, 46' James Obiora, 64' Maminov,80' Izmailov, 90' Buznikin; 12' Gorshkov. 
Zenit - Lokomotiv 0-0
2002
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 47' Arshavin; 37' Izmailov.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 2-1: 29' e 42' Evseev; 81' Spivak (rig.).
2003
Zenit - Lokomotiv 0-0
Lokomotiv - Zenit 1-2: 11' Pimenov; 41' Konoplev, 63' Kerzhakov.
2004
Zenit - Lokomotiv 0-2: 17' Sychev, 90' Pimenov.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-1: 89' Kerzhakov.
2005
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 81' Hartig; 72' Loskov (rig.).
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-0
2006
Zenit - Lokomotiv 4-1: 17' Hagen, 45' Arshavin, 67' Denisov, 90' Spivak (rig.); 89' O' Connor.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 3-1: 4' D. Traoré, 9' Sychev, 89' Loskov; 90' Denisov (rig.).
2007
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 74' Anyukov; 16' Sychev.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 1-0: 51' Spahic (rig.).
2008
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 53' Dominguez; 72' Torbinskiy.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-3: 17' Fayzulin, 60' Puygrenier, 74' Dominguez.
2009
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 28' Fatih Tekke; 9' Wagner.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 1-1: 71' Rodolfo; 58' Kim Dong-Jin.

2010
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-0: 53' Bystrov. 
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-3: 17' Danny, 68' Bukharov, 77' Shirokov. 
2011
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 65' Lazovic (rig.); 68' Maicon. 
Lokomotiv - Zenit 4-2: 46' Obinna, 62' Caicedo, 77' Manuel da Costa, 88' Manuel da Costa; 8' Lazovic, 31' Bukharov. 
Zenit - Lokomotiv 2-1: 26' Danny, 31' Semak; 39' Glushakov. 
2012
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-1: 75' Shirokov. 
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-1: 14' Criscito; 25' N'Doye. 
2013
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-1: 16' Fayzulin. 
Zenit - Lokomotiv 2-1: 43' Shirokov (rig.), 70' Boussoufa (rig.), 86' Zyryanov.
2014
Lokomotiv - Zenit 1-1: 36' Rondon,76' Tkachyov. 
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0-1: 60' Javi Garcia. 
2015
Zenit - Lokomotiv 1-0: 61' Rondon.  

Lokomotiv:
AbsentsMykhalyk (injured ), Tarasov (injured).
In doubt: Pejcinovic (injured), Kasaev (injured). 

Rankings:
Lokomotiv: 3.
Zenit: 4.

Streaming (available half an hour before the start of the match):
HERE.

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Gennadij Orlov and Mikhail Polenov.

Curiosities:
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The game against Zenit always represents a good opportunity to test your value against a top tier. 

Tomorrow, the Saint Petersburg team arrives at Lokomotiv Stadium from Lyon, where they got their 4th win a row in the Champions League group stage. This is a very important result both for the club and the development of Russian football.

Zenit hasn't lost a match since August 29th when Krylya Sovetov passed 1:3 at the Petrovskiy Stadium. Despite they earned only a point against Mordoviya in the last round, the 'Bomzhi' want to overcome the 'Railroaders' in the RPL table.

The most in form players are without any doubt Hulk, Shatov and Dzyuba. This trio has made the Zenit's fortune so far. Hulk has finally settled down into the city and the club. Shatov has improved his performance game after game. Dzyuba, instead, has demonstrated that he's a lot more useful than Rondon. All of them should be in the starting line-up as well as Witsel, who was close to sign for Italian side AC Milan and now he's one of the protagonists of this great season. Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay should miss the match and should be replaced by Neto. Lodygin could be preferred to Mikhail Kerzhakov, while Anyukov should take the place of Criscito in order to accomplish the limit on the foreign players. 

Lokomotiv arrives to this crucial match from the tough match in Istanbul, where the 'Railroaders' earned a good point that let them to lead the group H. Cherevchenko has still got many problems to make up the starting line-up. Tarasov and Mykhalyk should miss the game, while Pejcinovic and Kasaev could be included in the squad and could start on the bench. Corluka, instead, should be read to play and should couple with Durica in order to contain Dzyuba. Cherevchenko is likely to use a similar XI compared to the one that played in Istanbul. Aleksey Miranchuk should replace Fernandes, while Skuletic could give Niasse some rest. 

It's interesting to note that Rostov has won in Ekaterinburg today, therefore both Lokomotiv and Zenit can't claim the second place. This is why the RPL is so interesting. Berdyev has made a fantastic season so far, and two giants like Lokomotiv and Zenit are inert towards him. However, the tomorrow's game will be crucial for the both sides. The favorite team is the Villas Boas one. The red-greens are in a deep crisis and I don't think they'll be able to react against such a serious opponent. 



PROBABLE XI
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Guilherme
Shishkin - Corluka - Durica - V. Denisov
N'Dinga - Kolomeytsev 
Samedov - Al Miranchuk - Maicon
Skuletic
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Zenit (4-2-3-1)
Lodygin 
Smolnikov - Neto Lombaerts - Anyukov 
Javi Garcia - Witsel 
Hulk - Danny - Shatov
Dzyuba

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