Zenit vs Anderlecht

Posted on 23 Feb 2017 08:51 CET | Tip viewed: 247 times

Bookmaker: Bet365 | Tipster: Loukas (Greece)

Match date: 23 Feb 2017 | Sport: Football | Competition: Europa League

Odds: 1.65 | Stake: 10/10 | Pick: over 2.5 | Match result: 3-1 - Won

Zenit suffered defeat in Europa league 1/16 finals first leg by Anderlecht in Belgium and now have a very difficult task to recoup that result, tonight at home ground they must celebrate with three goals margin to win further progress. Hosts had perfect start of this season and until October were without defeat, however since then are struggling to find consistency in their game. In group stage they managed to achieve good results and ended at leading position but now are very close to elimination. In Russian Premier league they are at second spot at the table and still are in title race since five points separates them from leaders Spartak Moscow, second half of the season hasn't started yet there and they are now fully focused on this match, in that previous meeting with guests they were actually pretty good but lack of accuracy was main problem. Hosts have positive record in meetings with Anderlecht, in five duels achieved three victories and suffered two defeats, at this stadium met two times and both managed to celebrate, i believe that they can celebrate but it will be hard to recoup that two goals. Midfielder Ryazantsev (0/0) is injured and will remain sidelined for this game while defender Novoseltsev (5/0) and forward Kerzhakov (9/1) are having problems with their injuries and are in doubt.

Anderlecht on the other side are in great shape, they are without defeat in last 11 matches and can be more than satisfied with their results. In Belgium Jupiler league are one of main candidates for the title and stands at second spot at the table with same number of points as leaders Club Brugge while with 60 goals scored in 27 rounds are on top of scoring charts, they reached knockout stage after ending at second spot in their group and were decent there. All in all this was quiet good season for guests, they are now having great advantage and must give their best to defend it but it won't be easy, after that previous game in Europa league they achieved convincing victory in previous round of Jupiler league and that additionally boosted their morale, here can afford even narrow defeat and saving of their own net will be main goal. Defenders Mboji (19/1), Appiah (7/0) and midfielder Badji (10/0) are all injured and will miss this game while midfielder Hanni (25/8) is in doubt due to a minor injury.

Zenit must celebrate with convincing result but in front of them stands very confident and strong side, they are favorites and can achieve positive outcome but it will be very hard to recoup that two goals, guests are in great shape and are having great attack so what i expect here is an open match with plenty of chances and over 2.5 goals to be scored.

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