Vardar take on the visitors Zenit Petersburg at "Philip II Arena" in the gameweek one of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The match will be played in Skopje on Thursday, September 14th.
Vardar entered the Eurocups in the UEFA Champions League where the Macedonian side passed through Malmo FF 1:1, 3:1 but then was knocked out by FC Copenhagen 1:0, 1:4. Vardar earned a place on the Group stage of the UEFA Europa League, having defeated Fenerbahce 2:0, 2:1 in the Qualification final round. The team comes up to the start of the Group stage with five-clash winning series with 15:3 aggregated score. Vardar have not been broken at their own turf since the 1st of March across 12 consecutive games, having gained 11 victories and single draw with only three goals conceded during that period.
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Zenit Petersburg started their way in the UEFA Europa League from the Qualification, having passed through Yehuda 2:0, 0:1 and then Utrecht 0:1, 2:0. In the Russia's Premier League Zenit Petersburg are currently occupying the first place in the standings with 21 points gained and 16-3 goal difference. Roberto Mancini's side has not conceded any goal for 407 minutes of football already. The team from St. Petersburg has conducted seven matches on the road in this season resulting in four wins, two draws, one defeat, two goals for and seven goals against.
Vardar and Zenit Petersburg have never met before, thus, the bookmakers consider the visiting side to be the favourite of this pair. However, I don't believe that Vardar which knocked out Fenerbahce in the last round, will be afraid of the Russian team. I believe that under scored goals look like the best selection for the clash as both clubs show solid performance in defense.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 scored goals.