Zenit vs Fenerbahçe: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, @12:55
Fenerbahce travel to Russia for their Europa League second leg tie with a slender one goal advantage from the first leg in Istanbul.
Zenit will be pleased with only being one goal down from the first leg after the start Fenerbahce made in Istanbul. But they will also be rueing the penalty miss that means that they need to score at least one goal in St Petersburg to keep this tie alive.
Recent signing Victor Moses made an immediate impact for Fenerbahce in the first leg and much of their play came through the Chelsea loanee. The Turkish side will be disappointed they didn’t make their early pressure tell however and will probably need to score in Russia if they are to progress to the round of 16.
Zenit won their Europa League group with a 100% home record so will believe that they can get the win they need to go through to the next round. But the Russian side are in the middle of their extended domestic winter break and may find that their lack of competitive matches is a factor here.
Fenerbahce have not made it past this stage in the Europa League since 2016 and are experiencing a woeful season in the Turkish SuperLig. But the club have brought in a new group of players to help them both domestically and in Europe and they could get a 2-2 draw here to see them through to the next round.
Zenit need to win in St Petersburg to progress but Fenerbahce looked dangerous in the first leg and bookies seem to think the Turkish side will go through.
Both teams to score
The longer this tie goes on the more both sides will push forward and that will mean goals in Russia.
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Fenerbahce’s win in the first leg was the first time these two sides had ever met.
- Including the first leg defeat in Istanbul, Zenit St Petersburg have now lost their last four competitive matches.
- Fenerbahce were the bad boys of the group stages – they recorded the most fouls of any team in their six matches.
- Zenit have won five out five Europa League round of 32 matches at home and will need to make that six if they are to get through against Fenerbahce.
- Fenerbahce head coach Ersun Yanal was appointed the day after the club’s defeat to Spartak Trnava on match day six. He has overseen two wins, three draws and one loss in the SuperLig and an exit in the Turkish Cup to second tier opposition.