Fenerbahce vs Zenit St.Petersburg / Europa League – This match marks continuation of competition in the Europa League where remaining round of 16 matches will be played on Thursday. Fenerbahce has a very bad season in the Turkish championship where is positioned very close to the drop zone and on top of it Fener was eliminated from the Cup. On the other hand Zenit is leading team in the Russian championship which is on winter break right now. Consequently, it is hard to estimate Zenit’s current shape. This is going to be the first match between Fenerbahce and Zenit in European competitions.
Fenerbahce vs Zenit St.Petersburg begins 12.02.2019 at 18:55 CET
The Europa League is the only bright spot this season for Fenerbahce which plays incomprehensively badly in the Turkish championship. They were even eliminated from the Cup in the round of 16, however, the championship is far more important where they have just three points more than teams in the drop zone. Fenerbahce had six-game winless streak after which they finally won two times in a row for the first time this season. In the previous round they lost to Kayserispor away after they received a goal in the very finish of match. Their manager has plenty of problems with absences as Dirar, Aziz, Zajc and Ekici are not eligible to play in the Europa League.
Probable lineups Fenerbahce: Demirel – Isla, Neustadter, Ciftpinar, Koybasi – Arslan, Topal – Moses, Benzia, Valbuena – Soldado
We cannot say much about current Zenit’s shape as the Russian championship is enjoying the winter break and will restart competition only at the beginning of March. It is fact that they spent the winter at the leading position but having only one point more than 2nd-placed team. Zenit didn’t play well in the finish of first part of season when it lost three out of four last matches. They finished the first part of season with losing to Arsenal away and Rubin at home. In the meantime the team left Paredes, but they brought Barrios, Rakytsky, Azmoun and Rigoni. Kuzyaev, Nobo, Shatov and Erokin are injured.
Probable lineups Zenit St.Petersburg: Kerzhakov – Neto, Mammana, Rakytskyi – Smolnikov, Barrios, Kranevitter, Nabiullin – Rigoni, Marchisio – Dzyuba
Fenerbahce vs Zenit St.Petersburg PICK
Fenerbahce has serious problems and the Europa League is chance to improve overall picture but Zenit can be tough nut to crack. However, the match comes for the visiting team at moment when it is on winter break and that can be a problem but it doesn’t mean that the Russians will not be formidable rivals. That is why we forecast a tough match with few goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.66 at betsson (down to 1.57 can be played)
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