Zenit St. Petersburg vs Malmö prediction, preview, team news and more


Zenit St. Petersburg and Malmö meet at Gazprom Arena on Wednesday in Group H of the UEFA Champions League.

Both teams will be looking to secure a victory and kick off their campaign after losing their respective losses on Matchday 1.

Zenit St. Petersburg maintained their top position in the Russian Premier League with a 2-1 win over Krylya Sovetov Samara last Saturday.

This is the second consecutive victory for Sergej Semak’s men, who clinches a comfortable 3-1 victory over Rubin Kazan.

Zenit St. Petersburg will now return to the Champions League where they pushed defending champions Chelsea to the limit before suffering a 1-0 curtain-raiser defeat from Group H.

Meanwhile, Malmö suffered a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in their group opener two Tuesdays ago.

They jump into the game after a thrilling 5-1 victory over Orebro in the Swedish top flight last Saturday.

With 41 points in 21 games, Malmö is currently second in the Allsvenskan and will look to keep up the pace and claim their first victory of the continental tournament.


Zenit St. Petersburg vs Malmö Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between the two teams and they will both aim to start their rivalry on a winning note.

Zenit St. Petersburg Form Guide (all competitions): WWLWW

Malmö Form Guide (all competitions): DLDWW


Zenit St. Petersburg vs Malmö team news

Zenit St. Petersburg

Dejan Lovren, Wilmar Barrios, Magomed Ozdoev and Vyacheslav Karavaev are all currently injured and will miss the game.

Injured: Dejan Lovren, Wilmar Barrios, Magomed Ozdoev, Vyacheslav Karavaev

Suspended: Nothing

Malmö

Jonas Knudsen, Ola Toivonen, Oscar Lewicki, Soren Reims and Niklas Moisander will all be absent from the match due to injuries. There is no suspension problem for Malmö.

Injured: Jonas Knudsen, Ola Toivonen, Oscar Lewicki, Soren Reims, Niklas Moisander

Suspended: Nothing


Zenit St. Petersburg vs Malmö Predicts XI

Zenit St. Petersburg Predicts XI (4-4-2): Stanislav Kritsiouk; Aleksey Sutormin, Dmitri Chistyakov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos; Aleksandr Erokhin, Daler Kuzyaev, Claudinho, Malcolm; Artem Dzyuba, Serdar Azmoun

Malmö Predicts XI (3-52): Johan Dahlin; Anel Ahmedhodzic, Lasse Nielsen, Martin Olsson; Jo Inge Berget, Anders Christiansen, Sebastian Nanasi, Erdal Rakip, Bonke Innocent; Viljeko Birmacevic, Antonio Colak


Zenit St. Petersburg vs Malmö Prediction

We expect a thrilling competition between the two teams, who will look to bounce back from their day one losses.

Zenit come into the game with stronger form and we expect they will use their home support to take all three points.

Prediction: Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-0 Malmö


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