Zenit vs Rosenborg
UEFA Europa League
Date: 19th October 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyi (St. Petersburg).
Zenit have done most of the job in securing the top spot in the Group L two weeks ago when they dispatched Real Sociedad 3.1 in front of their fans.
The Russian have been flying high in their domestic campaign as well in this season and we can’t but go past seeing them as massive favourites to maintain the perfect record in Europa League this Thursday when they host Rosenborg at Stadion Krestovskyi.
The Lions will, however, come into the clash with the Norwegians on the back of consecutive Premier League slip ups as last two games saw them taking only a single point against the bottom-half likes of Anzhi and Arsenal Tula.
The match against Rosenborg will thus have a strong psychological impact on Roberto Mancini’s team.
The Italian manager will be hoping to see Aleksandr Kokorin continuing his spell of excellent form as the Russian striker notched four goals in opening two Europa League outings.
However, going past Rosenborg won’t be that easy of a task for the Russian at all given the fact the visitors have been enjoying a string run of four wins and a draw in five fixtures following the catastrophic 4-0 loss to Sociedad on the opening day at Anoeta.
The Dane striker Nicklas Bendtner is the one to look after as he scored 17 goals in 22 appearances for The Troll Children in this season.
Zenit vs Rosenborg: Head to head
The two sides played each other in the knockout phase of the same competition eleven years ago when the Russians came on top in both legs (4-1 on aggregate).
Zenit vs Rosenborg: Prediction
The home win should not be questioned at all if we are to judge by Zenit’s impressive Europa League displays, but Rosenborg’s fine run and Zenit’s struggles against a weaker opposition in Premier League made us consider backing BTTS as the top betting option at 1/1 odds.
Zenit vs Rosenborg: Bets
The first bet is BTTS at the odds of 2.00.
The value-seekers will fancy Rosenborg Over 1.5 Team Goals at the odds of 5.50.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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