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

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Zenit St. Petersburg vs FC Utrecht Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Zenit Petersburg will be aiming to overturn a one-goal deficit when they welcome FC Utrecht at the Stadion Petrovskiy on Thursday afternoon for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie. Zenit Petersburg had the better ball possession and more goalscoring attempts than Utrecht last week, but the hosts proved to be more clinical in front of goal, as they have scored the winner with just 13 minutes to go through Zakaria Labyad. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Although Zenit Petersburg have struggled for form in this qualifying campaign, they do have an incredible home record in the Europa League. Furthermore, they have more quality within their side than FC Utrecht, and they should be able to overturn this one-goal deficit.

Asian Handicap -1.5 on Zenit Petersburg at 1/1

Both teams to score - No at 8/13

Zenit St. Petersburg have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

Zenit St. Petersburg have conceeded only 1 goals in their last 2 games against FC Utrecht

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

FC Utrecht have conceeded only 1 goals in their last 2 games against Zenit St. Petersburg

AVG Goals

3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Zenit St. Petersburg Form Guide

Zenit St. Petersburg Team Logo

Zenit St. Petersburg

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
L H

07-04-2018

Premier League

FC Krasnodar Team Logo FC Krasnodar

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

14-04-2018

Premier League

Anzhi Makhachkala Team Logo Anzhi Makhachkala

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

18-04-2018

Premier League

Dinamo Moscow Team Logo Dinamo Moscow

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

22-04-2018

Premier League

Arsenal Tula Team Logo Arsenal Tula

FT 3 - 3

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

29-04-2018

Premier League

CSKA Moscow Team Logo CSKA Moscow

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-05-2018

Premier League

Lokomotiv Moscow Team Logo Lokomotiv Moscow

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Premier League

SKA-Khabarovsk Team Logo SKA-Khabarovsk

FT 6 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

24-06-2018

Club Friendlies

Pinzgau Saalfelden Team Logo Pinzgau Saalfelden

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

08-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Dinamo Moscow Team Logo Dinamo Moscow

FT 5 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

11-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Grasshopper Team Logo Grasshopper

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

FC Utrecht Form Guide

FC Utrecht Team Logo

FC Utrecht

Won

6

Draw

0

Lost

4
W H

06-05-2018

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

09-05-2018

Europa League Playoff

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 4 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

12-05-2018

Europa League Playoff

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-05-2018

Europa League Playoff

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

19-05-2018

Europa League Playoff

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

30-06-2018

Club Friendlies

DHSC

FT 1 - 9

(HT 1 - 4)

W A

04-07-2018

Club Friendlies

DESTO

FT 0 - 14

(HT 0 - 7)

W H

06-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Ross County Team Logo Ross County

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

13-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Salzburg Team Logo Salzburg

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

16-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Arsenal Tula Team Logo Arsenal Tula

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

Zenit St. Petersburg Preview

Zenit Petersburg have struggled a little bit throughout this Europa League qualifying campaign. In the previous qualifying round, they managed to beat Yehuda 0-2 on the road in the first leg, but suffered an unexpected 0-1 home loss in the second leg. Furthermore, they lost 1-0 on the road at Utrecht last week, which makes it two Europa League defeats in a row. The good news is that Zenit have enjoyed a near-perfect start to the new Russian Premier League campaign, winning six and drawing once in their opening seven league games. They currently sit at the top of the league table with 19 points to their name, three points clear of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow. Regarding their European competitions record, Zenit haven’t missed either Champions League and Europa League group stage since 2009/10. Last season, they were eliminated from the Europa League round of 32 due to the away goal rule following a 3-3 draw against the Belgian side Anderlecht. Their Europa League home record over the past years has been amazing as they have were on a 19-game unbeaten streak prior to their 0-1 home loss at the hands of Bnei Yehuda in the previous qualifying round.

Zenit St. Petersburg Team News

Victor Fayzulin is still missing through a knee injury.

FC Utrecht Preview

FC Utrecht also enjoyed a strong start to their 2017/18 competitive season, winning four and drawing three of their seven official fixtures. They have won the last three games across all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in each of these. Actually, Utrecht have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven games across all competitions. They beat Zenit Petersburg 1-0 at home in the first leg of this tie and followed this up with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Willem II in the Eredivisie at the weekend. Regarding their Europa League recent record, they are undefeated in six games while scoring at least two goals in three of these. The most worrying fact is that Utrecht are winless in their last six Europa League away games, scoring just four goals in this term. Utrecht will be looking to reach the Europa League group stage for the first time since 2010/11. Their most recent appearance in the competition was in 2013 when they were knocked out from the second qualifying round. Zakaria Labyad is definitely a player to watch here as he already managed to score three goals for Utrecht throughout this Europa League qualifying campaign.

FC Utrecht Team News

Chris Gurkan David and Patrick Joosten are both doubts, but Anouar Kali is still out through injury. The good news is that Rico Strieder is back in training following his cruciate ligament injury.

Zenit St. Petersburg Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.3

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

FC Utrecht Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

3.6

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 vs FC Utrecht Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
99 GK Andrey Lunev 189 80
19 LB Igor Smolnikov 179 72
4 RB Domenico Criscito 183 70
60 CD Branislav Ivanovic 185 89
30 CD Emanuel Mammana 183 70
14 CM Daler Kuzyaev 182 74
5 CM Leandro Daniel Paredes 180 75
21 CM Aleksandr Yerokhin 191 79
17 RF Oleg Shatov 173 73
11 LF Sebastian Driussi 178 77
9 CF Aleksandr Kokorin 181 74
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK David Jensen 195 92
14 CD Willem Janssen 186 75
28 RB Edson Braafheid 176 71
3 CD Ramon Leeuwin 187 72
17 LB Sean Klaiber 179 74
18 CM Urby Emanuelson 176 68
22 CM Sander van de Streek 172 65
8 CM Yassine Ayoub 169 67
7 LF Gyrano Kerk 183 82
10 CF Zakaria Labyad 170 65
11 RF Cyriel Dessers 185 80