Zenit vs Fenerbahce
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Saint-Petersburg Stadium (St. Petersburg).
Fenerbahce may be struggling badly in their domestic league this season, but they have a nice chance to make an upset in the last 32 round of Europa League against Russian Premier League leaders here.
The Yellow Canaries took a narrow 1-0 victory over Zenit in the first leg played last Tuesday at Sukru Saracoglu. Islam Slimani made the difference after Victor Moses’ delivery on the occasion.
Ersun Yanal’s squad is on the brink of the red zone in one of the worst Super Lig campaigns in the last decade. They started the year with a pair of wins over Malatya and Goztepe, but went on to claim just one point from following two league outings against Kayseri and Konya.
Fener have an exciting group of players in their ranks as they signed the likes of Moses, Mitroglou and Tolgay Arslan, but they are still struggling badly for consistency. Can they back up the win from the first leg and move on to the last 16 round of the competition?
Zenit vs Fenerbahce: Head-to-head
These two likes did not play each other in the past.
Fener’s 1-0 win was their maiden head to head meeting.
Zenit vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
Zenit are Russian Premier League leaders after 17 rounds. However, their form saw a massive slide back in December which is why their big cushion was narrowed down to just one point ahead of second-placed Krasnodar before the winter break.
Sergei Semak lost important midfielder Leandro Paredes who made a PSG move this winter, but they brought in Boca Juniors’ Wilmar Barrios and Atalanta’s Emiliano Rigoni as decent replacements.
Zenit rarely conceded goals in front of the home crowd this season. They allowed only 7 in 8 matches (6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in the process).
We expect a huge battle at the center of the park and Under 2.5 goals is our top betting recommendation here.
Zenit vs Fenerbahce: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
Draw at the half time @ 2.05 (21/20).