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Will Miranchuk, Zakharyan and Ozdoev make a splash in European competition?

Mikhail Korobov December 24, 2023, 08:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

What are the chances of the Russians scoring in the finals of international club tournaments?

The group stage of the European Cup has just ended and analysts are already offering interesting bets on Russian footballers. You can bet that one of them will score in the final of international club tournaments at bookmakers with odds of 30.0.

It is clear that there is still a lot of time before the decisive matches and it is not a fact that the teams in which Russian footballers play will reach the final. However, we will try to find out which of them has the best chance of success.

Zakharyan is not ready yet

Let’s start with the least likely event: Arsen Zakharyan’s goal in the Champions League final. Real Sociedad, in its entire history, has never gone past the semi-finals of a European Cup. The blue and white have made a lot of progress thanks to Imanol Alguacil. They show very nice football, but they are still far from fighting for the main trophy of the European Cup.

The San Sebastian club has very limited reserves. Little by little, the mentor improves the situation, and Zakharyan himself gradually improves. The former Dynamo midfielder began to play more and more in the starting eleven and recently even scored his first effective performance for the club. However, Alguacil still has a lot of work ahead of him.

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In addition, in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Real Sociedad will play against PSG, which has great ambitions. It will be very difficult to beat the Parisians, so Zakharyan’s goal, as well as the blue and white’s arrival in the final, seem unlikely. They offer to bet that Zakharyan’s team will reach the final of the Champions League at odds of 25.0.

Miranchuk needs to earn Gasperini’s trust

Atalanta are barely more likely to reach the Europa League final than Real Sociedad in the Champions League. The main contenders for the medals are Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen, who have gained incredible momentum. In addition, two other top-level Italian teams, which perform much more successfully in European competitions, participate in the tournament: Roma and Milan.

The Bergamascos have also never made it past the semi-finals of the European Cup in their entire history. It is unlikely that they will be able to make a splash this season. “Goddess” is very unstable and sometimes demonstrates unclear performance. The competitors have a better alignment and football pattern.

It is also worth noting that Gian Piero Gasperini still does not trust Miranchuk. The former Lokomotiv midfielder is given little playing time, despite his effective performances. In the last three games, Alexey scored one goal and gave two assists. I would like to believe that in the near future the coach will start playing with the player more often, but even if the team reaches the final of the Europa League, it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to prove his worth.

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However, some sources claim that the Russian will not be sold or leased. Judging by the information, the club management and Gasperini plan to give Alexey the opportunity to play in the first team, but whether he will live up to expectations is another question. Atalanta’s advance to the Europa League final was rated 13.0.

Ozdoev has the most real chances to make a splash!

But PAOK feels very comfortable in the Conference League. They easily made it through the selection and group stages, defeating several strong teams. Razvan Lucescu already led the team to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Since then, he has improved significantly and could now compete for medals.

Magomed Ozdoev fit very well into Lucescu’s strategy. He participated in 24 matches in all official tournaments as part of the Double Águilas del Norte, in which he scored six goals. The former Zenit midfielder almost immediately became PAOK’s main player.

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The only thing is that Ozdoev’s position on the field does not predispose him to score a large number of goals. In nine Conference League games, he only scored one goal. If PAOK is lucky enough to reach the final, it is unlikely that the Russian will score in it. It is estimated that Magomed’s team will reach the final in 12.0. Winning the tournament costs 20.0.

It’s too early for the Russians to score in the European Cup finals

Therefore, it is unlikely that any of the Russians will be able to score in the European Cup final in the 2023/2024 season. It is good that at least one of the three scores at least one goal during the playoffs; It will be a good reason to be happy for them. However, to reach the final you need a lot of luck. Therefore, the odds of 30.0 for one of the Russians to score in the European Cup final seems quite justified. We believe that none of the Russians will be able to do this in the current draw.


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