AZ Alkmaar vs Zenit St. Petersburg
UEFA Europa League – Matchday 6
Date: Thursday, 8th December 2016,
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar.
Zenit have already clinched the group D top spot and are bidding for a 6th win in the competition as they travel to fave AZ Alkmaar at AZ Stadion on Thursday night.
Zenith have had an excellent outing in the UEFA Europa League group Stage, winning their previous 5 games. A win in this game will enlist Zenit among the seven teams who have won all 6 games in UEFA Europa League group stage. Zenit thrashed AZ 5-0 in the reverse of this fixture at Russia and will be aiming for a similar outing.
On the contrary, AZ will be aiming to join Zenit into the round of 32 with a win in this game. They are 2nd in the table with 5 points, a point above Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Dundalk. AZ’s criteria for qualification are; a win against Zenit or a draw if other game is drawn. A defeat will also sent them through if the Maccabi vs Dundalk game ends goal-less.
AZ Alkmaar vs Zenit: Head to Head Statistics
Zenit are unbeaten in their previous 2 games against AZ Alkmaar, which includes the reverse of this fixture. Zenit have won once and drawn once, scoring 6 goals and conceded once.
AZ have won only 2 games against Russian teams in their previous 8 games, they have drawn 2 and lost 4 games. Furthermore, AZ’s two wins against Russian teams have come at home, they have also lost once at home.
Zenit’s games against Dutch teams have produced 4 wins, a draw and a defeat for them. On Dutch ground, they have lost once and won once against Dutch teams.
AZ Alkmaar vs Zenit: Prediction
Beyond all reasonable doubt, Zenit are the superior team between the two teams. They have been flawless in their previous games and as such we expect them to grab a 6th win here.
We expect a win from Zenit, resulting to AZ’s elimination from the competition.
AZ Alkmaar vs Zenit: Bet Tips
Zenit to win or draw at 1.75
Both teams to score at 1.66.