Fenerbahce welcome the visitors Zenit Petersburg in the Europa League Play-offs – 1/16 Finals. The match will be held on Tuesday, February, 12th, at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (Istanbul).
The hosting Fenerbahce are blatantly failing the Superlig this season – they are presently yet thirteenth in the standings, only three points off the relegation zone. The ‘Canaries’ will hardly leave the elite division by the season’s results, but the situation is, by all means, very unpleasant. Despite their fails in the local competition, Fenerbahce are rather successful in the European ones though – they qualified from the Group D’s second place, running ahead of Spartak Trnava and Anderlecht, but they failed to overcome Dynamo Zagreb. Even under their bleak placement in the Superlig, the hosts’ home record is quite good – the ‘Canaries’ lost in only two of ten fixtures on their soil. The atmosphere at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium is amazing, so, no matter what the team’s form is, their fans always support them.
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The visiting Zenit Petersburg have not held official encounters long ago. Well, they did compete in the Match Premiere Cup, but those were friendly fixtures. The side registered their last official clash around two months back, therefore, their present form is quite unpredictable. Overall, Zenit’s away performance is not great. They contrived to qualify from the group’s first tier celebrating no win out. Off course, in the coming encounter, they will feel the pressure both by the opponent and by their fans; and, as the record suggests, Zenit are not blistering away. Anyways, the team are considered favorites on Tuesday. Still, in our view, they will focus on home fixtures, while their tomorrow task will be not to allow a lot.
Fenerbahce’s home performance is rather good, Zenit are horrible in outings. The ‘Canaries’ have no right to lose in front of their own fans, as their trip to Saint-Petersburg will be extremely tough due to the climate. So, we expect the hosts’ opposition and no-loss.
Prediction for the match: Fenerbahce to win or Draw.