RB Leipzig (@1.62) vs Zenit St Petersburg (@4.75)
23-10-2019

Our Prediction:

RB Leipzig will win

RB Leipzig – Zenit St Petersburg Match Prediction | 23-10-2019 12:55

Its thus all open ahead of the reverse fixture at Stadion Krestovskyi as a narrow 1-0 win pushed Zenit through into the quarterfinal of the competition. Nonetheless, things do not look that good for Roberto Mancini and his men at the start of the year since Zenit are struggling badly for goals after the winter break. The team has failed to break the deadlock in back-to-back goalless draws with the likes of Amkar Perm and Rostov in last two league outings and theyll clearly have troubles to go past Leipzigs defensive line here.

The Russians reversed a deficit in the last round, but their opposition have shown themselves to be quite the threat away from home. Expert Verdict: As far as two-legged knockout ties go, this match is very finely poised. Leipzig got the win they would have wanted, and Zenit got the away goal that will give them a lot of momentum for this second leg at home. Both teams will be fairly happy with the result of the first leg.

In the last round, they overcame Celtic after a poor first leg due to a great effort in the second to win 3-1 on aggregate. RB Leipzig come into this match having dropped out of the Champions League. In the last round, they upset Napoli over two legs by clinging on at home after a loss in that second leg. They won two ties just to book their place in the group, and from there they went on to advance out of a fairly tough group that included Real Sociedad, Rosenborg, and Vardar in it. This is the first year of any European involvement for them after finishing second in the Bundesliga last season, and they did fairly well in a UCL group with Besiktas, FC Porto, and a disappointing Monaco team to move on. Unlike many years recently, Zenit did not begin their European excursions in the Champions League. Instead, they have been in this competition for the entirety of the season.

The Russian side do not want to stop now and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Red Bulls when the two teams face each other at Red Bull Arena in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desire, meaning that they should be happy with share of spoils against the Bundesliga side. Zenit did well to overtake a one-goal deficit in the tie against Celtic, with the team rolling over the Scottish Champions 3-0 in front of home fans. Zenit suffered a 1-0 loss to Celtic in Glasgow in their last away game in the Europa League and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Leipzig, on the other hand, eliminated Napoli in the double-header, meaning that they are definitely capable of beating the Russian outfit in front of home fans.

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If they can get a lead here, they can feel confident of defending it. Having come alive to paste Celtic 3-0 at the Krestovskyi Stadium, Zenit have managed just one goal since then, a late Domenico Criscito finish in the first leg of this tie giving them at least an away goal and something to cling to in this tie. The positive news is that their defence has been strong, with no goals conceded in the three games played at home since their winter break ended.

Leipzig had jumped in front with second half goals from Bruma and Timo Werner, but Domenico Criscito pulled one back for the Russians four minutes from time to give them a great chance of progression. Both teams will have felt decent about the result with RB Leipzig feeling good about winning 2-1 while Zenit will be happy to have grabbed an away goal. The first leg was the first occasion in which these two sides met.

That away goal took a comfortable 2-0 win for the home side and turned it into the narrowest of margins with a crucial away goal scored into the bargain. The fly in the ointment for the German side came with five minutes to go, Criscito stepping up to float a free-kick past Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi. Given how Zenit turned things around in St Petersburg after a narrow defeat at Celtic, theres reason for Leipzig to be concerned.

The 3-0 win over Celtic needs to be set against the fact that Celtic pretty much always lose away in Europe. Zenits other results since returning from hiatus havent been impressive. Zenit are the side here with European pedigree they won this competition in 2008, in fact but at least on their visit to Leipzig they will start as underdogs.

Defender Domenico Criscito bagged a massive goal for Zenit to make it 2-1 the final score in the first leg of their R16 tie with German runners-up RB Leipzig. The Bulls were in complete control when their star man Timo Werner doubled the lead late in the second half, but the Italian defender left Roberto Mancinis squad in the tie.

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Last seasons Bundesliga runners-up are in their first season of European football, and many Zenit St Petersburg vs RB Leipzig betting tips will be made with that in mind. Their opponents here are certainly more experienced in this kind of atmosphere but how much of an advantage will that be? RB Leipzig go to Russia with a 2-1 lead to defend in the second leg of this Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Two points from a possible twelve have seen them drop from second to sixth and with a game against Bayern Munich at the weekend, they could fall further. So this competition, with an automatic Champions League spot on offer to the winner, has become very important to Leipzig fans. Since then, not much has gone right for Ralph Hassenhuttls men, at least domestically. In a league with a very cramped top half die Roten Bullen could yet miss out on Europe altogether.