Today, December 9, FC Rubin will play the last match of the calendar year at Saint Petersburg Arena with FC Zenit.
Today's fixture will be officiated by Aleksey Matyunin, 36, Moscow; assistant referees: Dmitry Cheltsov, Moscow; Konstantin Shalamberidze, Moscow; fourth official: Vasily Kazartsev, Saint Petersburg; match inspector: Aleksandr Kolobaev, Moscow
Matches played: 37
Games won by FC Rubin: 10
Games drawn: 10
Games won by FC Zenit: 17
Goal difference: 61-48 (FC Zenit)
As you may know, our boys have not won FC Zenit since July 2013 when we hosted the Saint Petersburg side and won 2-1. Before Kurban Berdyev left the club, we had beat FC Zenit four times in a row.
Will we finally break the losing streak tomorrow? The mission gets more complicated since a number of player is not eligible for the upcoming game such such Dmitry Poloz and Ibragim Tsallagov (loan restrictions) while Sardar Azmoun will miss the Sunday's fixture due to yellow cards-related suspension.