RB Leipzig vs. Zenit St.Petersburg / Europa League – It can be said that both teams are in bad shape, although they have passed another round of knockout stage in Europa League. Both Leipzig and Zenit have celebrated and lost in the sixteenth finals, but the difference is that Leipzig won first as guest and lost on their field, and Zenit lost away and then celebrated at home. Only one round in the second part of the Russian championship was played, and Zenit has blundered on their field, while Leipzig has already been three rounds without a victory in Bundesliga. This will be their first match. Begins: 08.03.2018. – 21:05 CET
Leipzig has somehow survived the last round of the knockout phase in Europa League, although after their first match it seemed they would be able to eliminate the powerful and unpleasant Napoli without any problems. However, nothing is certain this season when this German vice-champion is in question and so in the championship, where they are again in crisis and three wins without a win. It is not the first time, because they had a series of four wins without a triumph, but they somehow managed to get back to the second place they wanted, but now they are only sixth and that second position is four points away.
They first lost in Frankfurt with 2-1 after the lead, then they lost to Cologne with the same result on their field, again after the lead, while they played 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund in the last round, again after the lead. Common to these three duels is that Augustin always scored goals and is in very good shape, and coach Hasenhuttl cannot count only count on Halstenberg.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Laimer, Orban, Upamecano, Klostermann – Kampl, Keita, Sabitzer, Forsberg – Ti.Werner, Augustin
Zenit has started the competition in Europa League already in qualifiers, where they had some problems, but they passed the group stage without any problems because they did not lose any matches and made five wins. That is why they lost in the first duel of the sixteenth finals to Cologne with unpleasant 1-0, so it seemed that they could have a big problem in the rematch. However, they took an early lead, and by the middle of the first half they had 2-0, so the end result was 3-0 which helped them pass further. Zenit as well as their host has problems in the championship, where they are in the fourth place and the leading position is quite a long way ahead, although they were announcing a fight for the championship title.
They individually have one of the best teams in Russia, but they did not show it on the field, so they ended the first part of the championship with a goalless draw with Achmat, and with the same result they ended a match of the first round against Amkar at home. They also got two red cards in that duel, but Erokhin and Criscito now have the right to perform, while Paredes cannot play.
Probable lineups Zenit St.Petersburg: Lunev – Ivanovic, Mevlja, Mammana, Criscito – Erokhin, Kranevitter, Kuzyaev – Rigoni, Zabolotny, Kokorin
RB Leipzig vs. Zenit St.Petersburg PICK
Both teams are having problems and they cannot boast with a good shape, so their mutual duel may be uncertain. Leipzig has a slight advantage because of the home field, but we believe that Zenit can also score a goal in this match.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.95 at 10bet (down to 1.85 can be played)