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RB Leipzig vs Zenit UEFA Europa League Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018 Kick-Off at 20:05 UK Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
RB Leipzig vs Zenit St. Petersburg : Preview and Predictions
RB Leipzig have almost dropped out a massive 1-3 advantage from the first leg of their tie with Napoli in the previosu round. Maurizio Sarri surprisingly sent his strongest lineup on the pitch in the rematch at Red Bull Arena, but Partinopei were just one gtoal short of making it count at the end (0-2 win for Napoli).
The team led by Ralph Hasenhuttl has thus made it to the last 16 round in their debut season in this competition. Can they make a deeper run and leave a stronger impact past the likes of Zenit? The Russians went past Scottish champions Celtic in spite of falling 1-0 in the first match at Celtic Park. Roberto Mancini’s side has clinched an impressive 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture at Stadion Krestovskyi thanks to goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Daler Kuzyaev and Aleksandr Kokorin.
Nonetheless, the visitors won’t come into this high on confidence after failing to break the deadlock in their domestic affair against Amkar Perm’ on Saturday. Overall, the Russians have been super impressive in the group stage of Europa League winning 16 out of possible 18 points against challenging competitors (Real Sociedad, Rosenborg and Vardar).
Aleksandr Kokorin has been the standout performer as he netted an impressive nine-goal tally so far in the competition. The Russian striker should have room ti create in the final third given that his team is now up against the attacking-minded opposition which has been prone to conceding loads of late.
RB Leipzig vs Zenit: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between these two rivals.
RB Leipzig vs Zenit: Prediction
The Germans have lost three and drawn one of last four matches across competitions and we can hardly see them as favourites even though the bookies priced them at 1.66 to win the match.
The hosts have conceded at least two goals in three of last four games and we believe that backing goals at both ends looks as a much better option than the home win, set at the odds of 1.90.
The value-seekers can try with Aleksandr Kokorin to score anytime for the visitors at the odds of 3.75.