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15/03/2018 Kick Off:  6:00 pm Krestovsky Stadium V Predicted Score:2 - 0

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

A Zenit comeback. Head coach Roberto Mancini knows how to win and how to come back from a deficit, which makes today’s football prediction for a Russian master class.

Zenit to qualify within the 90 minutes is 11/5 and considering this is Leipzig’s first foray into European football, expect them to finally get caught out by a seasoned team such as the Russians.

2 We fancy:

Zenit to keep a clean sheet is 12/5, making it one of the best football predictions for this game.

Werner aside, the Germans are a little light in attacking options and the Russians have managed three clean sheets in their last four games in all competitions.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Zenit to win 3-0 is 22/1 and that actually looks like significant value.

They did exactly that against Celtic when they needed a result and odds like that make it a very appealing bet.

Team News

Zenit Saint Petersburg's Last Six:

Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will have to assess centre back Emanuel Mammana after he picked up a knock against Rostov at the weekend as did central midfielder Daler Kuzyaev who also remains a doubt.

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RB Leipzig's Last Six:

Won: 1 Drawn: 2 Lost: 3

Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will have to assess Kevin Kampl’s knee issues ahead of the last sixteen tie. Left-Back Marcel Halstenberg has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and central midfielder Konrad Laimer’s adductor problem means he is also a doubt.

Zenit Saint Petersburg vs RB Leipzig Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Zenit St Petersburg host RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Europa League tie at the Krestovsky Stadium, with the scores finely balanced after the first leg

Form has been less than desirable for the German side who took the Bundesliga by storm last season and despite opening up a slender advantage in the first leg, Zenit will have the confidence that with an intimidating home crowd behind them, they can get the job done. These Europa League predictions are for a tight but thrilling game as everything goes on the line with the quarter-finals beckoning.

Zenit St Petersburg are 13/10 to win the match and that looks like some good value in our best football betting tips. Although Zenit have gone three games without a win, they were convincing in their 3-0 home demolition of Scottish giants Celtic in the previous round. That will have bred much confidence in Mancini’s men that they can overcome a deficit once again.

RB Leipzig are 2/1 to win and that looks a little short for a side who only scraped through against Napoli thanks to the away goals rule. As already mentioned in our Europa League preview, form has been poor with just one win in their last six but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have proven that when the going gets tough, they are capable of getting a result making them a dangerous prospect.

The draw is 23/10 and that will suit the Germans down to the ground. Our football score predictions make this a likely outcome especially considering Leipzig have drawn two of their last three games and only need that result to progress to the latter stages.

Zenit St Petersburg to qualify is 7/4 and that is one of the best football predictions you will get as it makes complete sense considering Zenit’s ability to come back from a first leg deficit as they proved against Celtic. Also, Leipzig appeared to take it easy against Napoli after taking a 3-1 lead back to the Red Bull Arena. They lost their home game 2-0 and scraped through by the skin of their teeth.

Under 2.5 goals is 19/20 and with Leipzig likely heading to Russia looking for the draw, expect a compact defence from the Germans with Zenit holding much of the possession. Equally, Die Bullen have only scored four goals in their last five with Zenit boasting two 0-0 draws in two of their last three matches.

Predicted Score: Zenit Saint Petersburg 2 - 0 RB Leipzig

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!