RB Leipzig take on the visitors Zenit Petersburg at “Red Bull Arena” in the first-leg fight of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The game will be played in Leipzig on Thursday, March 8th.
At the moment RB Leipzig are far away from their best competitive form as the side collected three defeats and single draw in four latest encounters. Moreover, in 12 recent clashes conducted within the German Bundesliga “Die Bullen” deserved three victories, four draws and five losses with 19 goals conceded and just only two clean sheets obtained. This season is the first one ever for RB Leipzig in the Eurocups. And that lack of experience is clearly reflected on the team’s average results: “Die Bullen” had lost three out of six tackles on the group stage, than they were almost knocked out by Napoli in the round of last 32. In other words, RB Leipzig have managed to succeed only once in four matches played in face of their fans within the Eurocups, having conceded seven goals in them.
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In their turn, Zenit Petersburg had disastrous start in a year 2018, having lost in Glasgow and deserved 0:0 draw against Amkar. On the other hand, “Sine-Belo-Golubye” conceded one single goal for 270 minutes of football and the club gained a confident revenge over Celtic with 3:1 scoreline. It should be noted that in autumn the side has shown one of the best results on the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, having picked up 16 out of 18 possible points with 17 goals for and only five goals against. As for the Zenit Petersburg’s statistics on the road, “Zenitchiki” failed only once in 11 away battles within the Russian Premier League, having conceded just three goals in them.
RB Leipzig are considered to be the obvious favourites of the forthcoming fight. However, “Die Roten Bullen” are the Eurocups debutant while Zenit Petersburg participated in 13 away encounters of the UEFA Europa League during last five years, having been beaten once with more than one-goal margin in them. Taking into account the mentioned above as well as the huge experience of the Russians, I believe that Roberto Mancini’s side won’t be smashed on Thursday evening, moreover, it is quite able to reach a favourable outcome on the road.
Prediction for the match: Zenit Petersburg to win with +1.0 Asian handicap.