Borussia Dortmund and Zenit Saint Petersburg meet at Signal ‑ Iduna ‑ Park, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last meeting was played on 19‑03‑2014 and ended with the score: Borussia Dortmund (1‑2) Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The home team plays its second game in Group F, after losing (3‑1) in their first match in this group stage, against Lazio. In their last game, for the Bundesliga, they beat Schalke 04 at home by (3‑0). In their last 10 home games Borussia Dortmund has 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency to score goals, as in 44 of their last 51 matches there were Over 1.5 goals and in 37 of the last 51 there were Over 2.5 goals. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 5 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 home matches for all competitions: they have conceded 8 of their 22 goals between minutes (46′ ‑ 60 ‘).
Borussia Dortmund start this game with a 3×0 win at the reception for Schalke 04, thus returning to win ways after the defeat of Lazio: the team’s goals were scored by Erling Haaland. Manuel Akanji and Mats Hummels. It should be noted that the Germans lost 3×1 to Lazio on the first day of the Champions League. Coach Lucien Favre’s team has a lot of quality, with well-organized plays, using the flanks to create danger for the rival. It should be borne in mind that Erling Haaland is Borussia Dortmund’s top scorer, with 7 goals in 8 official matches. For this game the coach will not have Nico Schulz, Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou, all injured. Quarantined is Emre Can.
The away team plays its second game in Group F, after losing (1‑2) in their first match in this group stage, against Club Brugge. In their last match, for the Premier League, they lost to Rubin Kazan at home by (1‑2). In their last 10 away matches, Zenit Saint Petersburg has recorded 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, But their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that does not usually find it difficult to open the scoring: they scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games, of these 12 they reached the break with an advantage in 8 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of 90 ‘in 9 .
The Zenit Saint Petersburg team comes to this match unmotivated by a defeat at home, by 1×2, against Rubin, in a match for the Russian championship. It should be noted that the visitors lost to Club Brugge, 1×2, on the first day of the Two Champions League. Typically, coach Sergey Semak plays 4-3-3, favoring defensive organization and deep passes for attack. Captain Artem Dzyuba is Zenit St Petersburg’s top scorer, with 7 goals scored in official matches. For this game the coach cannot count on Malcom, a player who is recovering from an injury.