Zenit Petersburg take on the visitors RB Leipzig at “Krestovsky Stadium” in the second-leg fight of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The match will be played in Saint Petersburg on Thursday, March 15th.
Zenit Petersburg have not managed to show competitive football in Leipzig and they are not likely to bring a miracle at the home ground as well. It is quite clear that the side has failed to find its game so far. For instance, “Sine-Belo-Golubye” deserved a boring 0:0 draw against FK Rostov in the recent fight within the Russian Premier League, having made not a single shot on target. However, on the eve of the forthcoming fight the hosts’ problems cover not only the playing aspect, but they also contain the performers’ injuries. From time to time “Sine-Belo-Golubye” struggle in the clashes conducted in face of their supporters, for example, Zenit Petersburg have earned 0:0 draws against Amkar and FK Rostov with the same 0:0 scoreline, lost 0:1 to Arsenal Tula and were thrashed 0:3 by tough Lokomotiv Moscow. It should be noted that all those encounters ended with under 4.5 scored goals.
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Meanwhile, RB Leipzig look rather unsustainable in this season. “Die Roten Bullen” broke Borussia Monchengladbach 1:0 and FC Augsburg 2:0 in the Bundesliga, following that success with 3:1 triumph over Napoli on the road in the first-leg match of the 1/16 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. But then the side lost three clashes in a row to: Eintracht Frankfurt 1:2, Napoli 0:2 and FC Koln 1:2 which desperately try to stay with the German elite division for the next season. And after that unlucky streak RB Leipzig recorded three-game undefeated streak, having gained 1:1 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2:1 victory over Zenit Petersburg and 0:0 draw against Stuttgart last Sunday. In general, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team got four triumphs and three draws in 13 away battles, having failed mostly against the strong opponents.
The Russian club participated only in two clashes with over 4.5 scored goals within the Russian Premier League while “Die Roten Bullen” played just three such tackles in the Bundesliga. As for the rivals’ perspectives in the Thursday fight, the struggling hosts which are not able to produce solid game have weak chances to upset the Germans who are seemed to find their football.
Prediction for the match: RB Leipzig to win with +0.5 Asian handicap (X2). Under 4.5 scored goals.