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Zenit St. Petersburg vs RB Leipzig Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview

Zenit St. Petersburg vs RB Leipzig Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Zenit St Petersburg
0:0 at FK Rostov
2:1 at RasenBallsport Leipzig
0:0 v Amkar
: v Celtic
1:0 at Celtic
0:0 at Terek Grozny
Thursday, 15 March 2018
18:00
1:1
Europe League
RasenBallsport Leipzig
0:0 at Stuttgart
2:1 v Zenit St Petersburg
1:1 v Dortmund
1:2 v FC Koln
: v Napoli
2:1 at Ein Frankfurt

Zenit St. Petersburg take on RB Leipzig in Europa League action this Thursday. Read the match predictions to find out why a home win is the betting tip at the Krestovsky Stadium.

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Zenit St. Petersburg vs RB Leipzig Preview

Zenit come into this second leg of the Europa League last 16 at a disadvantage after suffering a 2-1 defeat away to Leipzig last week. However, their situation would have been much worse should Domenico Criscito not have found the net with an excellent free kick in the 86th minute. That away goal could prove vital in whether or not they progress to the next round and Roberto Mancini’s side will fancy their chances on home turf where they are unbeaten in their last eleven matches. What is perhaps more impressive is that Zenit have only lost one of their last 25 matches at home in the Europa League.

Emanuel Mammana will not feature on Thursday after suffering a knee injury against FK Rostov at the weekend. The defender will be a big miss and Mancini will probably opt to replace him with Branislav Ivanovic. Leandro Paredes is set to return to the squad after completing his suspension which will give Mancini the option of switching to a 4-3-3 formation in order to pick up goals. Right-back duo Denis Terentjev and Alexander Anyukov are both unlikely to be named in the squad due to injury.

RB Leipzig will be frustrated that they couldn’t hold onto a clean sheet in last weeks first leg. If they had done, then a goal on Thursday for the visitors would have meant Zenit would need to put at least four past them in order to be in with a chance of progressing. However, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side still have the advantage going into Thursday’s match but he’ll be looking for an improved performance given that his team has only managed to pick up two wins from their last seven on the road. It’s a stat that will unnerve Leipzig fans and tightening up at the back will be their main priority. In the Bundesliga this season, Leipzig have conceded just 7 goals and hold the best defensive record in the league. However, away from home they have conceded 19 proving that they struggle when on their travels.

Ralph Hasenhüttl has no new injury concerns but Marcel Halstenberg remains out and Ademola Lookman is ineligible to play. Hasenhüttl is expected to start with the same eleven that lined up against Zenit last week in the hope of a repeat victory.

 

 

Zenit St. Petersburg vs RB Leipzig Betting Tips

  • Zenit St. Petersburg have won 5 drawn 3 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
  • RB Leipzig have won 4 drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Zenit St. Petersburg have scored an average of 1.7 goals and conceded an average of 0.6 goals per game
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, RB Leipzig have scored an average of 1.2 goals and conceded an average of 1 goals per game
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Zenit St. Petersburg’s previous 10 matches
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of RB Leipzig ’s previous 10 matches

 

Zenit St. Petersburg vs RB Leipzig Prediction

There’s no clear favourite in this match but with RB Leipzig’s leaky defence when away from home, we expect Zenit to find the net. Given that Leipzig conceded the late goal in the first leg, they can’t afford to sit back and it’s likely the visitors will aim to get on the scoresheet also. Both teams to score definitely has value and we can see this being a very open match. Zenit have an excellent record at home and have only lost one of their last 25 matches in the Europa League on home turf. The home advantage could play a huge part in this game which is why we’re edging towards a 2-1 win for Zenit.

 

Team Lineups

Zenit St Petersburg RasenBallsport Leipzig
4-3-3 4-4-2
Goalkeeper

Andrey Lunev

Peter Gulacsi

Defenders

Igor Smolnikov

Miha Mevlja

Domenico Criscito

Branislav Ivanovic

Willi Orban

Dayot Upamecano

Bernardo

Lukas Klostermann

Midfielders

Yuri Zhirkov

Matias Kranevitter

Leandro Daniel Paredes

Naby Keita

Bruma

Emil Forsberg

Diego Demme

Forwards

Emiliano Ariel Rigoni

Aleksandr Kokorin

Sebastian Driussi

Timo Werner

Jean-Kevin Augustin

Substitutes

Yuri Lodigin

Dmitri Pletnev

Yegor Baburin

Ilya Skrobotov

Dmitry Poloz

Aleksandr Yerokhin

Anton Zabolotny

Stefan Ilsanker

Dominik Kaiser

Yvon Mvogo

Konrad Laimer

Ibrahima Konate

Kevin Kampl

Yussuf Poulsen

Coach

Roberto Mancini

Ralph Hasenhuettl

RECENT Head To Head

8 Mar 2018
Europe League
RasenBallsport Leipzig
2:1
Zenit St Petersburg

Head to Head Statistics

Last 1 matches

Zenit St Petersburg RasenBallsport Leipzig
Wins
0 1
Corners
0 0
Fouls
0 0
Shots
0 0
Shots on Target
0 0
Yellow Cards
0 0
Red Cards
0 0

These two sides first met last week in the first leg of this Europa League round where RB Leipzig emerged as winners with a 2-1 victory. After a goalless first half, Leipzig when two goals ahead thanks to Armindo Bruma and Timo Werner. Zenit did manage to pull one back four minutes from time via Domenico Criscito, giving the visitors a valuable away goal going into the return fixture on Thursday.

Live Zenit St Petersburg v RasenBallsport Leipzig Updates

in Anton Zabolotny
out Aleksandr Kokorin
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Diego Demme
22'
Jean-Kevin Augustin
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Willi Orban
Domenico Criscito
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Sebastian Driussi
45'
46'
out Willi Orban
in Ibrahima Konate
Igor Smolnikov
62'
71'
out Diego Demme
in Stefan Ilsanker
Miha Mevlja
81'
out Igor Smolnikov
in Dmitry Poloz
85'
in Aleksandr Yerokhin
out Emiliano Ariel Rigoni
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in Yussuf Poulsen
out Jean-Kevin Augustin

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