Saturday at 17:30 Zenit gets visit from Lokomotiv Moscow in a duel of the stage the inaugural Premier League season 2016/2017.
Zenit has undergone some major changes after the end of the previous season. Dissatisfied with the 3rd busy season 2015/2016, management changed the Zenit coach Lucescu calling him at the helm echipei.Mai Moreover, the team from St. Petersburg and sold on Hulk (55 million) and Cristian Ansaldi (3.8 million). In return for modest acestoura were brought players such as Kerzhakov came free agent from Zurich, Giuliano Robert Mak bought for 3.5 million euros. On the other hand, Zenit proved he could play without these players managed to win the first trophy of the season after the 1-0 with CSKA in the Russian Super Cup.
Lokomotiv Moscow, the other side did a season below expectations, finishing 6, equals the team in 5th place, but goal difference was weaker, missing presence in the European Cups. Without too many changes in the squad, three players were purchased during this break, and as many have also left. However, to debut in official matches, Lokomotiv played three friendly matches which managed to emerge unbeaten, a win and two draws, 2-1 Istiqlol Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Lorient 1-1 and 0-0 Plzen, parties were the results of training.
Zenit (4-5-1): Lodygin – Smolnikov – Neto – Garay – Criscito – Shatov – Mauricio – Garcia – Yusupov – Kokorin – Dzyuba
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1): Gulherme – Shishkin – Pejcinovic – Corluka – Denisov – N Dinga – Tarasov – Samedov – Miranchuk – Kasaev – Skuletic
Zenith shy preparations began with defeats on the line, but towards the end he managed to win the cantonment step meetings with Lyon, FC Basel, Sporting, Monaco and Super Cup with CSKA. On the other side, Lokomotiv have played too many friendlies, with mostly all the same lot as in the previous season. I expect Zenit to confirm all those successive victories in the second part of training camp, plus one in the Super Cup and the right to debut the new season, with goal winning the title.