Anderlecht vs Zenit St. Petersburg Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Anderlecht vs Zenit St. Petersburg Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Anderlecht will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak in all competitions when they welcome Zenit St. Petersburg at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie. Anderlecht picked up a comfortable 4-2 home victory over Waregem last time out in the Jupiler League thanks to goals from Sofiane Hanni, Massimo Bruno, Youri Tielemans and Alexandru Chipciu. On the other hand, this is Zenit St. Petersburg’s first competitive game of 2017, but they looked pretty solid during the winter break. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.  

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Anderlecht Preview

Anderlecht managed a 4-2 home win over Waregem at the weekend to extend their unbeaten streak in the Jupiler League to eleven games. Sandwiched in-between these results, Anderlecht suffered two defeats at the hands of Saint-Etienne last time out in the Europa League along with a penalty-shootout loss against Charleroi in the Belgian Cup. However, the Belgian outfit head into this clash on the back of a nine-game unbeaten streak, winning six and drawing three in the process. Despite their defeat at the hands of Saint-Etienne in their final Europa League group fixture, Anderlecht finished second in the standings with just one point behind the French side. Anderlecht looked incredibly strong going forward throughout the group stage, having scored 16 goals in six group outings. Lukasz Teodorczyk has been Anderlecht’s topscorer throughout the group stage with five goals under his belt, while Nicolae Stanciu and Youri Tielemans have scored three goals each. On home soil, Anderlecht have won three of their last four home games in the Europa League and managed an amazing tally of 14 goals in the process. Overall, Anderlecht have only lost three of their last 20 home fixtures across all competitions, and are currently on a five-game unbeaten run.  

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Zenit St. Petersburg Preview

Zenit St. Petersburg had a slow start to their Russian Premier League, but they managed to put their campaign towards the end of the first half of the season. Zenit currently stand in second place in the league table with 35 points after 17 rounds, just five points off the current leaders Spartak Moscow. Zenit are the division’s topscorers with 33 goals under their belts after 17 league outings. Artem Dzyuba and Giuliano have been Zenit’s most influential players on the pitch throughout their Premier League campaign, as the pair bagged 15 goals and 6 assists between them. Regarding their Europa League campaign, Mircea Lucescu’s men finished on top of the Group D table with 15 points after six rounds, seven points clear off the 2nd-placed AZ Alkmaar. They have won five games on the bounce before losing 3-2 at the hands of AZ Alkmaar in their final group game. Similar to their Thursday’s opponents, Zenit also managed an impressive tally of 17 goals in their six group outings. During the winter break, Zenit St. Petersburg have played nine friendlies and have lost just one in the process. The bad news is that Zenit have struggled on the road in the Europa League over the past five years, losing six of their nine away games.   

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Anderlecht Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Anderlecht ahead of this game, but Sofiane Hanni, Bram Nuytinck, Emmanuel Adjey Sowah and Lukasz Teodorczyk are all one yellow card away from suspension. 

Zenit St. Petersburg Team News

Luis Neto is one yellow card away from suspension.

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Betting Predictions and Tips

I’m backing goals in this one, as both sides have scored 33 goals between them throughout the Europa League group stage. Anderlecht have been impeccable on home soil over the past seven months and have scored plenty of goals in this term, while Zenit have suffered five defeats in their last ten away games across all competitions. This having been said, Anderlecht should be able to secure at least one draw in this one.  

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Anderlecht Draw No Bet at 5/6

Anderlecht saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Anderlecht saw over 1.5 goals in 5 out of their last 7 games played against Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit St. Petersburg saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Zenit St. Petersburg saw over 1.5 goals in 5 out of their last 7 games played against Anderlecht

AVG Goals

2.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Anderlecht Form Guide

Anderlecht Team Logo

Anderlecht

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
D A

20-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Westerlo Team Logo Westerlo

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

28-07-2018

First Division A

Kortrijk Team Logo Kortrijk

FT 1 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

05-08-2018

First Division A

Oostende Team Logo Oostende

FT 5 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-08-2018

First Division A

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

17-08-2018

First Division A

Royal Excel Mouscron Team Logo Royal Excel Mouscron

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

26-08-2018

First Division A

Club Brugge Team Logo Club Brugge

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

02-09-2018

First Division A

Royal Antwerp Team Logo Royal Antwerp

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-09-2018

First Division A

Genk Team Logo Genk

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

20-09-2018

Europa League Grp. D

Spartak Trnava Team Logo Spartak Trnava

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Zenit St. Petersburg Form Guide

Zenit St. Petersburg Team Logo

Zenit St. Petersburg

Won

7

Draw

2

Lost

1
W A

13-08-2018

Premier League

Rubin Kazan Team Logo Rubin Kazan

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

16-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Dinamo Minsk Team Logo Dinamo Minsk

FT 8 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

19-08-2018

Premier League

Ural Team Logo Ural

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

23-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Molde Team Logo Molde

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

26-08-2018

Premier League

FC Ufa Team Logo FC Ufa

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

30-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Molde Team Logo Molde

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

02-09-2018

Premier League

Spartak Moscow Team Logo Spartak Moscow

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

09-09-2018

Club Friendlies

Kairat Almaty Team Logo Kairat Almaty

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

16-09-2018

Premier League

FC Orenburg Team Logo FC Orenburg

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

20-09-2018

Europa League Grp. C

FC Koebenhavn Team Logo FC Koebenhavn

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Anderlecht Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Zenit St. Petersburg Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Anderlecht vs Zenit St. Petersburg Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Ruben Martinez 187 81
7 LB Andy Najar 171 69
5 CD Uros Spajic 188 82
37 RB Ivan Obradovic 181 79
3 CD Olivier Deschacht 187 81
73 CM Nicolae Stanciu 168 68
18 CM Frank Acheampong 168 73
10 CM Massimo Bruno 178 74
32 CDM Leander Dendoncker 188 76
31 CDM Youri Tielemans 177 72
24 CF Isaac Kiese Thelin 189 84
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Yuri Lodigin 186 82
4 RB Domenico Criscito 183 70
21 CD Javi Garcia 186 82
13 CD Neto 185 71
60 LB Branislav Ivanovic 185 89
81 RM Yuri Zhirkov 180 76
17 CM Oleg Shatov 173 73
33 LM Hernani - -
7 CM Giuliano 172 70
22 CF Artem Dzyuba 196 90
9 CF Aleksandr Kokorin 181 74