Zenit is approaching this match in a positive mood, as they started the season in the best possible way with two consecutive wins. In the last match, they routinely defeated Rostov with 0:2 away.

They looked better in this clash, and with a goal over Azmoun in the 24th minute, the visitors took the lead first. In the second part, Zenit didn't let any surprises to occur, as they were able to completely control the ball, and despite the setback in 78th minute, when they were left with a player less, managed to score another one in the 87th minute via Lovren.

Zenit is currently at the 1st place in the Premier League with a perfect score so far. They are well motivated and eager to repeat the success from the previous season when they won the title and direct promotion to the Champions League.
CSKA recorded a victory in the second round of the Premier League in a home match against Tambov, having some difficulties. The home team did score first in the 29th minute over Kuchaev, but they conceded an equalizer only three minutes before the end of the first part.

The guests looked more dangerous in the second, despite the possession disadvantage, as they created several nice opportunities. However, experience and quality made a difference here, as the hosts used their chances more effectively, and scored a winning goal in the 55th minute via Shkurin, being many times under pressure till the end.

CSKA is at the 2nd place in the standings, also with a perfect score, but due to goal difference, they are behind Zenit.
Both teams have two victories behind them, but it seems that the hosts were wining the previous matches with more ease than their opponents. They are a better team, with more quality players and in my opinion, they should pull this one out, the easy way or the hard way. The visitors simply aren't at that level overall.
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