Zenit Saint Petersburg and Brugge meet at Saint ‑ Petersburg Stadium, 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 match was played on 11‑07‑2014 and ended with the score: Zenit Saint Petersburg (1‑1) Bruges. In this game, the home factor may be decisive, as Zenit Saint Petersburg presents considerable differences in their results at home and away.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, since they did not have to play any of the qualifying rounds prior to this group stage. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins and 3 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a home win against Sochi by (3‑1). In the last 10 matches played at home for all competitions, Zenit St. Petersburg won 10. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, But their attack has scored regularly, since he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 24 of their last 28 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 19 out of 28 have ended with Over 2.5 goals. This is a team that tends to score many times first: they opened the scoring in 12 of their last 15 games, of these 12 they reached the break with an advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10.
Zenit Saint Petersburg comes to this match after a 3×1 victory over Saint Petersburg, thus registering the sixth consecutive match without losing in official matches: the team’s scorers were Vyacheslav Karavaev, Douglas Santos and Aleksandr Erokhin. It should be noted that Zenit won the Russian championship 19/20, thus obtaining direct qualification for the group stage of the Champions League. On this first day, against Club Brugge, coach Sergey Semak must organize his team in 4-3-3, with a focus on maintaining possession and organized attacks, mainly on the flanks: Sebastián Driussi and Vyacheslav Karavaev must play on the flanks of the Russians. All players are available for this game.
Club Brugge :
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, which is why it will play its first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a away draw against Standard Liège by (1‑1). In the last 10 away matches played for all competitions, Bruges won 5, drew 4 and lost 1. Their attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. There is a tendency to have goals in their away matches, since 18 of the last 21 matches they have played have ended with Over 1.5 goals. This is a team that does not usually have difficulties to open the scoring: they scored the first goal in 7 of the last 9 games, of these 7 they reached the break in advantage in all and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 6 .
Club Brugge comes to this match after a 1×1 draw at Standard Liege, ending five consecutive victories in official matches: Krépin Diatta scored the team’s only goal. It should be noted that the visitors were the big winners of the Belgian 19/20 Championship. In this match against Zenit Saint Petersburg, coach Philippe Clement must maintain the usual 4-3-3, favoring the defensive organization and counterattacks on the flanks. Michael Krmencik, Krépin Diatta and Emmanuel Dennis will be the forwards of the team and the first two athletes mentioned are very strong when it comes to scoring. There are no important player absences for this game.