Fenerbahce vs Zenit Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Europa League Fenerbahçe vs Zenit
Fenerbahce vs Zenit Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

The first legs of the Europa League knockout rounds are played this week, with Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Russian powerhouse Zenit kicking us off with an earlier than scheduled kick off on Tuesday as opposed to the usually Thursday slot.

Predictions

With two very good sides facing one another in this match up, it has the potential to be one of the more interesting and intriguing fixtures of the round, with one of these two perhaps having the ability to go far in the Europa League this season.

While their domestic form has been nothing short of abysmal, Fenerbahce have found solace in the Europa League after dropping down from the Champions League playoffs, fending off the likes of Zagreb, Anderlecht and Trnava.

Zenit managed to get out of a tough group containing Bordeaux, Copenhagen and Slavia Prague, with the final game away to Slavia being their only loss in the group stage.

The Russians are currently top of the Russian Premier Liga but this game against Fenerbahce will be their first competitive fixture since that loss against Slavia, so maybe the winter break in Russia will be the cause of a few unfit legs if the intensity in this game is too much for them?

While Zenit are atop of their domestic league, Fenerbahce are caught in a relegation battle. Just three points off of the relegation zone and already on their third manager of the season following the departures of Phillip Cocu and Erwin Koeman, the signs aren’t look great for the Turkish club but a win here would be a massive boost for the club.

While their perhaps might not be a certified favourite for this game, it’s clear that both sides have the capability to beat one another but outside factors such as confidence or fitness may actually prove to be the difference.

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Betting Tips

Zenit are favourites for this clash so an away win carries little risk while it is also highly likely that both teams will score, as the odds show. Fenerbahce won’t go down without a fight but seeing as they’ve only kept six clean sheets domestically this season, this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action. 888sport have it as 11/2 when combined with the away win

These are lengthy odds for an outcome which might be more probable than they reflect, due to the results these two sides have picked up in the Europa League this season. Home advantage should significantly shift the momentum in this game and the scoreline being level at the break before Zenit pull away in the second half is a likely outcome, rated at 18/5 by 888sport.

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Head to Head

Somewhat surprisingly, these two sides have never met in competition before. They’ve had a few dealings in transfers in the past, in particular Bruno Alves and Guiliano joining Fenerbahce from Zenit a few years ago, but they’ve never played against each other before these two legs.

Stats

  • At home in the Turkish Super Lig, Fenerbahce have won four, drawn four and lost two, scoring just 17 goals and conceding 14 in the process.
  • Seeing as their top of the league, you’d expect Zenit’s away form to be impressive but it’s very inconsistent, with five wins and four losses from the nine games played.
  • Fenerbahce did actually go on a decent unbeaten run in the recent weeks before this game, remaining unbeaten in the five games between December 17th and February 1st but a loss away to Kayserispor ended any good run that they were on.
  • Before their lengthy winter break, Zenit were on a two game losing streak against Arsenal Tula and Rubin Kazan, with their domestic league run being 3 wins in 7 games.
  • Perhaps the break came at the right time and perhaps Fenerbahce are about to be on the end of a severe beating.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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