Zenit vs Fenerbahce Europa League Predictions

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

The match is over.
Score: 3-1.

This is one of the most intriguing ties of the last 32 of the Europa League and is tantalisingly poised after Turkish giants Fenerbahce edged out the first leg 1-0 over Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Predictions

These are two clubs who have strong traditions in European football and both will be keen to reach the last 16 of the Europa League this season.

Zenit have already wracked up 11 matches in the Europa League this season – edging out Dinamo Minsk and Molde in the playoff games before progressing past Bordeaux and FC Copenhagen in the group stage.

The Russian club advanced to the last 16 of the competition last season after eliminating Celtic at this stage before being knocked out by RB Leipzig.

Fenerbahce only started this season in the group stages and despite disappointing defeats at Dinamo Zagreb and Spartak Trnava, they advanced into the knockout stages.

The hosts will be favourites to continue their lengthy European adventures due to possessing home advantage, superior form and quality over Fenerbahce.

The home side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 3-1 triumph for the Russian side would appear a likely outcome from it.

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Betting Tips

Zenit top the Russian league despite netting just 27 goals in 17 matches, while Fenerbahce have scored just 25 goals in 23 league matches in Turkey. This is among the best online betting odds for this round of action with goals likely to be at a premium.

Zenit conceded just one goal in their three home group games this season in the Europa League while Fenerbahce have failed to find the net in two of their last four away matches in the competition, and just once in their last four away games in all competitions.

Statistics

Head to Head

The 1-0 victory for Fenerbahce in Istanbul last week was the first ever competitive meeting between the sides.

Stats

  • Zenit lead the way in the Russian top flight but have only 34 points from 17 games and are only one point ahead of second-placed Krasnodar.
  • Fenerbahce are in real danger of relegation this season, they sit 15th in the 18-team top-flight in Turkey with just five wins and 24 points from their 22 league games.
  • Fener have particularly struggled away from home this season with just one win in 11 matches on the road and one in their last 13 in all competitions.
  • Zenit have been in imperious home form this season, winning six and losing just once in their eight home league games and have won all five European home games this campaign.
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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