Zenit vs Villarreal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Saint-Petersburg Stadium (St. Petersburg).
Zenit will be looking to take advantage of Villarreal’s domestic struggles to advance from this very interesting last 16 round tie. The Russian outfit showed a huge mental strength to overcome one-goal deficit from the first leg of the R32 tie with Turkish giants Fenerbahce. Team’s most in-form player Sardar Azmoun inspired a 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture with a brace.
The Iranian striker was also the man who made the difference in an important first game of the year in Russian Premier League on Saturday against Ural. The successful start to the year saw the Lions escape on a three-point cushion at the top of the Premier League standings. Zenit have a remarkable home record in Europa League. They won 11 and drew one of past 12 home games in the competition. The streak includes three group stage wins against the likes of Slavia Prague, Copenhagen and Bordeaux in this term.
Zenit vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
The two sides played each other in the last 32 round of the competition eleven years ago when Zenit advanced on an away goal rule.
The Lions claimed a 1-0 victory in the first leg on the home patch, while Villarreal could only snatch a 2-1 victory in the replay on Spanish soil.
Zenit vs Villarreal: Prediction
Villarreal are struggling badly in this term of Primera Division and we can question their motivation for a deep European run here. The Yellow Submarine sit third from bottom in La Liga where they suffered another unpleasant defeat on Saturday falling 1-2 at home to Deportivo Alaves. Javi Calleja’s men are two points below the safe zone line and they have a super important away fixture against Levante scheduled for Sunday.
The Yellow Submarine did prove their defensive stability by eliminating Sporting Lisbon in the last 32 round. However, they drew each of three group stage games on the road against Spartak Moscow, Rapid Vienna and Rangers.
The home win here is one of the best betting options you can take for the entire Europa League round based on everything written above.
Zenit vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Zenit to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
Zenit -1.5 handicap @ 3.50 (5/2).