Match Preview: Fenerbahce 1-0 Zenit Petersburg Prediction and Betting Tips | Europa League (1/16-finals)

Fenerbahce – Zenit Petersburg betting tips for today, February 12, 2019

Kick-off: 18:55 Fenerbahce – Zenit Petersburg
Football:  Europa League – 1/16-finals
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.40
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:0 LOST

Match Preview

The Europa League (EL) returns this week as Fenerbahçe take on Zenit St. Petersburg in the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. It’ll be important for the home side to build a lead to take back to Russia, and they should be confident of achieving that. They haven’t lost at home in the EL proper in their previous 11 fixtures (W8, D3).
In this season’s competition, they claimed seven points at home on the way to qualifying as Group C winners (W2, D1). Impressively, they kept a clean sheet in all three of those matches.
Zenit travel to Turkey having failed to win any of their seven previous European away games (D2. L5). Scoring goals has become an issue for the Russian side away from St. Petersburg. Including qualifying rounds, they have played five EL away games this season and failed to score more than one goal in any of those trips abroad.
This is the first meeting between these two sides, yet Fenerbahçe are previously unbeaten in Istanbul against Russian visitors (W2, D2). Zenit have played just one European fixture against a side in Turkey, that was 1-1 draw with Beşiktaş in 2005/06.
Players to watch: Always a threat from set-pieces, Fenerbahçe defender Martin Škrtel will be looking to punish the club he made 74 appearances for between 2004 and 2007.
Robert Mak is Zenit’s top scorer in the EL this season and will be looking to secure his third goal of the competition in Turkey.
Stat attack: Fenerbahçe have scored in 17 of their previous 18 European home games.
Fenerbahçe scored exactly two match goals in three of their six EL group games.
Zenit’s six goals in the group stage was the lowest number recorded by any group winner.
In the EL knockout phase, Zenit have lost nine of their previous ten away matches.

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