Celtic and Zenit St. Petersburg meet at Celtic Park, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, as Zenit St. Petersburg presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 27 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 11 suffered. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Partick Thistle by (3-2). In the last 10 home matches Celtic has won 8, tied 1 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Celtic makes in this match the second of a series of three consecutive exhibitions before his fans, which marks his first international commitment in the year 2018, trying to maintain the good performance he has been showing to build a good home advantage against the Russians . Of the six matches played so far this year, the team won five and lost only one, showing that they live a good phase, in fact, comfortably leads the Scottish Championship. The team is one of those who come to the Europa League after failing to continue in the UEFA Champions League, because they fell into a very difficult group, with Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich. For that duel, it is likely that the coach will organize the team in 4-2-3-1 or in 3-5-2, with Tierney standing out acting on the left side.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 1st position of Group L, with 16 points won. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 8 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 11 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 10 suffered. In their last match, for the Friendlies, they beat Crvena Zvezda at home (1-0). In their last away match, for the Premier League, they tied for (0-0) against Terek Grozny. In the last 5 away matches for the UEFA Europa League Zenit St. Petersburg has 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition.
The Zenit St. Petersburg enters the field for its seventh exhibition in the year of 2018, but the first official, since all the matches he played so far were friendly, of which he won five and tied one. These results show that the team has managed to maintain the pace of the first part of the season, since it occupies the vice-leadership of the Russo Championship, and in the Europa League it managed to be unbeaten in the leadership of Group L, surpassing Real Sociedad, the great favorite of that group. In the national championship, it stands out for its defensive power, as it is the most solid of the competition, which was also confirmed in the continental tournament, as it finished the group stage as one of the best. The 4-4-2 or the 4-3-3 must be the tactical formation adopted for this duel, with highlight for Kokorin in the offensive sector.
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