Zenit Saint Petersburg

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Krestovsky Stadium

15/03/2018 | 6:00 pm

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RB Leipzig

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Krestovsky Stadium

15/03/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence:  The crucial last 16 second leg sees Russian side Zenit desperate to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg in Germany – with form against Leipzig and Zenit having only just started their league campaign, an intriguing tie is set to take place with the pendulum evenly balanced.

Last time: Due to Leipzig’s rapid rise to stardom, the Germans have never visited St Petersburg before. However, they do come into the game with a 2-1 aggregate lead thanks to goals from Bruma and Timo Werner in the first leg at the Red Bull Arena.

This time: Zenit St Petersburg are 13/10 with RB Leipzig at 2/1 and the draw 23/10.

You might remember: The only game between the two was the last 16 first leg from which Leipzig have the advantage. However, a late Domenico Criscito strike gave the Russians an away goal which may prove vital come the end of this clash.

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Betting Tips & 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.

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.

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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!