Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St. Petersburg
UEFA Europe League Group-stage – Season 2017/2018
Date: 14th September 2017
Kick off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Telekom Arena
Vardar is on the streak of five consecutive wins. For the opening match of the group stage of UEL, they are hosting Zenit St. Petersburg at Telekom Arena.
After the elimination from UEFA Champions League, Vardar moved down to the play-offs round of the Europe League. Unexpectedly, they defeated Fenerbahce with a combined score of 4 – 1, and thus entered the group stage. They haven’t participated in UEL since 2007, when they were eliminated by Anorthosis in the 1st qualifying round.
Currently, they are the fourth-ranked team in Macedonia. They are coming from a 3 – 1 win at home.
Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit defeated Utrecht with a combined score of 2 – 1 in the play-offs round of the Europe League, and entered the group stage. Last year, they were eliminated by Anderlecht in the 16th-finals.
They are coming from the second-in-a-row goal-less draw in their national league. They are undefeated in their domestic campaign, and are currently the first-ranked team in Russia.
Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Head to head
This match is going to be their first head to head encounter ever. Vardar never had success when they faced Russian teams in the past.
Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Prediction
In this fixture, the visitors seem to be the favourites. We believe they will be able to return from Macedonia with 3 points earned. But, we do not expect a lot of goals. The Russians are probably waiting for the home leg, and they will be satisfied with a narrow win away. With a closed approach, there should be less than three goals in total on the match
Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Bets
Zenit St. Petersburg to win @ 1.50 – Bet 365
Total goals under 2.5 @ 1.87 – William Hill