Slavia Prague vs Zenit
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Sinobo Stadium (Prague).
Slavia Prague will be hoping to accompany group winners Zenit in the last 32 round of the competition. They only need to avoid a home defeat to the Russian outfit to do so, regardless of the outcome of the other match in the group. However, if the hosts lose the tie and if there is a winner in Copenhagen, the Czech outfit would be dropped to the third place in the group ladder.
Things are thus pretty simple for Slavia here. They just need to bring the fine domestic form to Europa League and they will be in the knockout phase. Slavia are flying high domestically under Jindrich Trpisovsky. The team won four on the spin in Czech Liga where they are four points clear at the top of the ladder after weekend’s 3-2 home win over Mlada Boleslav. Slavia bagged at least three goals in all of past five domestic affairs (four in league and one in cup). They’ve been struggling for goals in the continental competition, though, netting just two in five outings so far. Can they improve such a dreadful attacking record against non-motivated Zenit?
Slavia Prague vs Zenit: Head-to-head
These two likes have met each other for the first time in an official match this year in Europa League.
Zenit struggled a lot to break the deadlock in the second round tie in St. Petersburg, but they eventually managed a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a late Aleksandr Kokorin goal.
The two teams also played each other in a friendly this January when Zenit took a demolishing 5-1 victory.
Slavia Prague vs Zenit: Prediction
The visitors definitely head into this as form underdogs. They began the new Premier League campaign in a strong fashion, but a run of three defeats in last four league matches saw their gap at the top of the ladder reduced down to one point.
The Lions were surprisingly easy to break down of late. They allowed six goals in past two league matches against Arsenal Tula (4-2 loss) and Rubin Kazan (1-2 defeat). Since Zenit have no imperative at all here, we will go for Slavia’s victory at 1.70 as the main betting option.
Slavia Prague vs Zenit: Bet Tips
Slavia Prague to win @ 1.70 (7/10)
Slavia Prague Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).