RB Leipzig (@1.62) vs Zenit St Petersburg (@4.75)
23-10-2019

Our Prediction:

RB Leipzig will win

RB Leipzig – Zenit St Petersburg Match Prediction | 23-10-2019 12:55

Its thus all open ahead of the reverse fixture at Stadion Krestovskyi as a narrow 1-0 win pushed Zenit through into the quarterfinal of the competition. Nonetheless, things do not look that good for Roberto Mancini and his men at the start of the year since Zenit are struggling badly for goals after the winter break. The team has failed to break the deadlock in back-to-back goalless draws with the likes of Amkar Perm and Rostov in last two league outings and theyll clearly have troubles to go past Leipzigs defensive line here.

Domenico Criscito might have been the man that grabbed the late goal for Zenit last week to give them a much better chance of progressing from the tie, but it's another full back that should be watched closely. In addition to that, he's a great defender and a player you can count on to perform. That man is Branislav Ivanovic. He scored a massive goal for them against Celtic in the last round at home, and he has been known to score crucial goals in Europe down the years.

If it ends that way, Zenit will go through; Gamebookers have them at 39/20 to advance to the next round, which again seems generous. In that light, the 17/2 offered by Coral on a 1-0 home win might be the Zenit St Petersburg vs RB Leipzig best odds of the night. If, however, you think a score draw is a live possibility, check out Betway who have odds of 3/1 on that. Neither of these teams is setting the world alight domestically right now, and with the tie on a knife-edge, this could be a tight, edgy game.

Wette gewonnen: Die letzten erfolgreichen Tipps

In all comps, Zenit have a home record consisting of 11 wins, four draws, and just three losses this season. They are unbeaten in the last six in St. Two of the losses were in Russian Prem play, while the other was a loss to Israeli side Bnei Yehuda in UEL qualification. Leipzig's away record this term has included seven wins, three draws, and eight losses. Petersburg, and had won five straight before a draw last time out with Amkar Perm. It doesn't look great on paper, but they have beaten Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Napoli, so they know how to beat bigger teams away from home or to at least get results.

RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg match previews will pay close attention to Zenits slowness in getting back to match fitness and form. In a game most notable for featuring three red cards two for Zenit the sides played out a 0-0 draw. A bunch of warm-weather friendlies in Dubai and Turkey aside, Zenits only other game in 2018 was last weekends return to league action against relegation strugglers Amkar Perm. Not the best way to prepare for a visit to a Bundesliga-level opponent, for sure.

Leipzig had jumped in front with second half goals from Bruma and Timo Werner, but Domenico Criscito pulled one back for the Russians four minutes from time to give them a great chance of progression. Both teams will have felt decent about the result with RB Leipzig feeling good about winning 2-1 while Zenit will be happy to have grabbed an away goal. The first leg was the first occasion in which these two sides met.

The Russian side do not want to stop now and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Red Bulls when the two teams face each other at Red Bull Arena in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desire, meaning that they should be happy with share of spoils against the Bundesliga side. Zenit did well to overtake a one-goal deficit in the tie against Celtic, with the team rolling over the Scottish Champions 3-0 in front of home fans. Zenit suffered a 1-0 loss to Celtic in Glasgow in their last away game in the Europa League and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Leipzig, on the other hand, eliminated Napoli in the double-header, meaning that they are definitely capable of beating the Russian outfit in front of home fans.

Zenit vs RB Leipzig: Preview and Predictions

Zenit have been impressive in the national championship in the 21st century, winning four league titles, while clinching two Russian Cups (2010, 2016). The Russian outfit defeated Glasgow Rangers (2-0) in the title game, with Denisov and Zyryanov both finding the net in the final of the competition. The Zenitchiki are a regular participant of the Champions League group stages and in 2008 they did well to win the UEFA Cup.

Zenit play host to Leipzig at their Stadion Krestovskyi in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursdays program in the Europa League. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive win at home in the Europa League. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the return leg as they have turned their Stadion Krestovkyi into a real fortress. The Russian side scored a vital away goal in a 2-1 loss to Leipzig at Red Bull Arena, but they need to beat the Bundesliga side in Sankt Petersburg if they are to make it to the quarter-finals. Leipzig did well to eliminate Napoli in the last 32, but you should bear in mind that the Neapolitans rested several first-team regulars in the two-legged tie against the Serie A club.

Two points from a possible twelve have seen them drop from second to sixth and with a game against Bayern Munich at the weekend, they could fall further. So this competition, with an automatic Champions League spot on offer to the winner, has become very important to Leipzig fans. Since then, not much has gone right for Ralph Hassenhuttls men, at least domestically. In a league with a very cramped top half die Roten Bullen could yet miss out on Europe altogether.

Since their return to domestic action, Zenits league record amounts to two games played, two goalless draws. At home to Amkar Perm, and away to Rostov two sides they should be beating Roberto Mancinis side have looked as though theyre still on their break. Theyve dropped out of the Champions League places, and most worryingly have struggled for goals.

Highlighted Player (Branislav Ivanovic):

With neither side in great form, that sounds like a real possibility. Having home advantage puts Leipzig in the box seat for this one, and backing them to win at 4/6 with Genting looks like a decent option. Perhaps the RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg best odds on the night, though, are the 31/4 offered by ComeOn that the home side will win a tight contest 2-1. Their French striker Kevin-Jean Augustin has scored in their last three league matches, and his odds of 4-1 to be the first scorer here, from 888Sport, are well worth looking into.