The match is over. Score: 1-3. Zenit 2.23| Draw 3.22| Villareal 3.43 Bet Now With Betway Predictions | Betting Tips | Odds | Statistics Zenit Saint Petersburg get back into the swing of things after a prolonged winter break, welcoming Villarreal to St Petersburg for this Europa League round of 16 first leg match. Predictions Although Zenit Saint Petersburg were going through a particularly poor run of form domestically before Christmas, the Russian side were able to withstand pressure from Fenerbahce in both legs of their round of 32 match up – managing to win 3-2 at home to see them through. They will be looking to get a good lead here to take to Spain for the second leg. Villarreal are in real trouble in La Liga, with only the recent victory over Sevilla bringing them a much needed three points. Their form in the Europa League is better and they were able to knock out Sporting in the last round – thanks mainly to their first leg victory in Portugal. An away trip to Russia in March might be a bit harder though. Two goals from Iranian striker Sardur Azmoun helped knock out Fenerbahce – and Zenit will be hoping that he can contribute in what might be a tougher than expected first leg match against Villarreal. The Russian side only scored six goals in their six group stage matches but the sports betting sites will believe that they need to take a healthy lead to Spain for the second leg. Villarreal topped their Europa League group, going unbeaten in their six matches – although only two of those ended in victories. A draw would be a great result for the Spanish side in Russia but Zenit will be confident of a win. This one could finish 2-0 to the hosts. 1×2 Prediction Bet Now With Betway Score Prediction Bet Now With Betway Betting Tips Zenit to win Neither of these two sides are particularly fancied by the bookies to go very far in this competition but whoever wins this tie will be in the last eight and two steps from the final. Zenit to win to nil Villarreal only scored in one of their three away group stage matches and, although they managed one in Lisbon in the last round, Zenit could keep a clean sheet here. Odds 1 x 2 Odds Zenit Draw Villareal 2.23 3.22 3.43 2.05 3.25 3.70 2.20 3.10 3.35 2.24 3.38 3.56 1.2 2.15 2.35 Statistics Head To Head These two sides’ only previous meeting was in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup when Zenit went through on away goals. Villarreal were unable to score in Russia. Stats Villarreal have recorded 119 attempts in their Europa League campaign so far – but have only scored 14 goals. Zenit won the UEFA Cup in 2008, beating Rangers in the final in Manchester. They also won the UEFA Super Cup later that year. Villarreal may not have been ultimately successful, but the Yellow Submarine hold the record for most games played in this competition at 70. Zenit have won all four of their home matches in this competition this season – scoring eight and conceding just two. Zenit 2.23| Draw 3.22| Villareal 3.43 Bet Now With Betway See our additional Europe League predictions and more betting predictions.