In the opening match of the Russian Championship of the 2022/23 season, Khimki will host the reigning champions Zenit. The match of the 1st round of the RPL will be held at the Khimki Arena on July 15 and will start at 17:00 GMT.
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Russian Championship 2022/23
In the last draw of the Russian championship, the team took 13th place, in order to remain in the elite division, the club had to play play-offs with SKA-Energia.
Away the club lost with a score (0:1), at home they managed to win with a result (3:0), which allowed the club to remain in the first division.
In the off-season, Khimki played two goalless draws with Veles and Sochi in friendly matches, and also won Enisey (4:2) and Torpedo-2 (3:2).
As you know, Zenit in the last season of the championship of Russia became champions, taking 1st place in the standings, gaining 65 points in 30 matches.
The club recently participated in the Match Premier Cup tournament. First, Zenit beat Pari NN on penalties – 1:1 (5:3), then in the same way Sochi – 1:1 (4:2), and then won CSKA (3:0) and won the tournament ahead of schedule.
In the last friendly match on the eve of the start of the season, the club in Sochi beat the Serbian team Crvena Zvezda – (2:1).
The odds for Khimki to win in this meeting are 8.00, for a draw in regular time – 5.20, and for Zenit to win – 1.38.
Zenit won 11 out of 12 face-to-face meetings with Khimki, only in 2007 Khimki managed to draw. Last season, Zenit won (3:1) on the road and (1:0) at home.
Our prediction for this match is both teams will score – no for 1.85 and total under 2.5 for 2.30.