Zenit Saint Petersburg

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Krestovsky Stadium

22/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

Celtic

V

Krestovsky Stadium

22/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence: Celtic take a slender 1-0 lead with them to Russia in this Europa League last 32 second leg fixture.

Last time: A 1-0 win for Celtic in Celtic Park in the first leg thanks to Callum McGregor’s 78th-minute winner.

This time: Zenith are 4/7 to win the game while Celtic are 5/1 and the draw is 3/1.

You might remember: The Hoops have never faced Zenith in St Petersburg before but have faced Russian opposition before in the Champions League beating Spartak Moscow twice and Drawing with Dinamo in Moscow in the last ten years.

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Brendan Rodgers and Celtic go to Russia with a one-goal lead from the first leg

The Russian winter break means Zenith haven’t had a game in two months other than the first leg match against Celtic in which they were lucky to get out of Scotland with just a 1-0 loss. Celtic have an injury crisis on their hands but will be confident of still being able to put in a good showing going into this one.

Zenith are 4/7 to win the game and won this competition in 2008 beating Celtic’s great rivals Rangers 2-0. A similar score of 2-0 to Zenith has odds of 6/1.

Celtic are 5/1 to win this match and have had some great results in Russia over the years, drawing 1-1 with Spartak Moscow in 2007 and then beating them 3-2 in 2012 also beating Dinamo Moscow 2-0 in 2009. For Celtic to win 3-2 again here would be worth 66/1 and a 2-0 win for the Celts is 33/1.

The draw is 3/1, a 0-0 is 11/1 while a 1-1 draw is worth 8/1.

Aleksandr Kokorin is Zenith’s top goal scorer with 10 goals to his name this season is 3/1 to score the first goal of the game. Moussa Dembele of Celtic is 7/1 to score the opening goal of the match.

Sebastien Driussi is 2/1 to score anytime during the game and Callum McGregor can be found at 4/1 to repeat his goalscoring heroics from the first leg.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Zenith Manager Roberto Mancini will have to win this one to keep his employers happy and he will have to get the best out of his big money signings first though. The home side should score but Celtic will be hunting that precious away goal.  A 2-2 draw has odds of 18/1. Both teams to score is 10/11.

2

We fancy:

A match result of a draw and both teams to score which has odds of 5/1. Celtic to qualify is 4/6 and are 11/5 to score first in the tie. James Forrest is 11/2 to score the first goal of the game.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

James Forrest to score and Celtic to win is around 12/1, the Scottish international has seven goals in the league this season an has scored five times in Europe for the Hoops. He is 14/1 to score the last goal of the game.

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Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.