Celtic vs Zenit
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 15 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Celtic Park (Glasgow).
Scottish champions will face a serious Zenit test in the last 32 round of Europa League. The first leg could offer the answer to whether Brendan Rodgers’ side has what it takes to eliminate a super string Russian side here given that they’ll hardly be able to do much to fins the potential failure away in cold Russia seven days later.
Zenit have been super impressive in their respective group dropping out only two points in the process and beating Real Sociedad on two occasions. Nonetheless, things could have been better for Roberto Mancini and his men in the domestic campaign where they are eight points behind table-toppers Lokomotiv Moscow after failing to win a single of last five league matches in the road last year.
The Russians have shown a rare and surprising lack of the efficiency in the final third failing to find the target on three of last five travels. This is completely opposite to their Europa League performances as Zenit have notched 17 goals in 6 group stage matches.
Celtic have, on the other side, conceded loads in their Champions League run (three goals per game), but they’ve faced much stronger opponents along the way (Bayern Munich, PSG and Anderlecht). At home, the Bhoys have won seven and drawn one of last eight outings in all competitions.
Celtic vs Zenit: Head-to-head
The two teams have not locked horns prior to this Europa League tie.
Celtic vs Zenit: Prediction
The hosts will come into the match in a much stronger competitive from since the Russians are still on a lengthy winter break in their domestic competition.
This, combined with the fact that Zenit have failed to snatch a single win in last five league outings on the road, gives value to the home win or draw double chance at the odds of 1.53.
Alternatively, we’ll go for the BTTS option given that both sides have impressive firepower on display up front.
Celtic vs Zenit: Bet Tips
Celtic or Draw Double Chance @ 1.53
BTTS @ 1.66