Zenit vs Fenerbahce (By: Dajkula)
Zenit will host Fenerbahce in the return match of the 16`th finals of the Europa League. At their unwelcoming ground in Sankt Petersburg and in chilling temperature, they look to be the team with more to give. They certainly can`t be as bad as they were in the first match.
The match finished 1:0 in favor of Fenerbahce but with the attitude displayed Zenit can be happy Fenerbahce isn`t in its prime these days.
Zenit is not playing the championship and that is an advantage for Fenerbahce. Nonetheless, Zenit is not the team to mess with at their stadium as their performances here are top notch. From their last 26 home matches in Europa League, they managed to win 23 while losing just once. For the last couple of years, they played well in February and took mostly wins against respectable opponents. This year they won all home matches in the group and in the play-off. The team has a lot of experience all over the pitch though some would say even too much with some players well over 30 years of age.
Fenerbahce is so bad in the league it isn`t even funny. They are just above the relegation places and nothing seems to work. They haven`t won in the league away from home since September and also not in the Europa League. Dinamo demolished them with 4:1, Trnava 1:0 and they played with Anderlecht 2:2. There has been a change of coach in December and while there was some progress in their home matches the yare still very weak when traveling. I really don`t like their chances in this game.
Zenit will have some problems with absences as Alexander Kokorin and Christian Noboa are out for this match.
Fenerbahce will miss Mauricio Isla and Mehmet Ekici.
It is not a given but I like the chances of Zenit in this match.
Zenit vs Fenerbahce predictions
|Zenit||Bet365||1.90||8||3-1 WON (+7.2 units)|
Zenit vs Fenerbahce betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).