Prediction for Utrecht (Ned) – Zenit Petersburg (Rus)
Zenit Petersburg to win @ 1.63
FC Utrecht and Zenit St. Petersburg are playing at Stadion Galgenwaard in a UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) game. This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, since they have never faced before.
Utrecht (Ned) :
The home team reaches this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after having played previous qualifiers with: Lech Poznań and Valletta. The team arrives to this match after a victory outside with the ADO Den Haag by (0-3). In the last 10 matches at home for all competitions, FC Utrecht won 8, tied 1 and lost 1.
For this competition, he did not lose 4 matches ago.
The home team has been making a great championship, because in all four matches played did not lose in any, having accumulated three draws and a victory, therefore, playing in front of his fans know the importance of maintaining their performance, to To leave with the victory and an advantage for the match of return, in which will act in the house of the rival. The team of coach Erik arrives motivated, after a victory in the last game disputed, therefore, for this game will have to maintain its traditional tactical scheme, the 4-3-1-2, and being this way it will look for to take the offensive actions of the Game, to have the best goal opportunities.
Zenit Petersburg (Rus) :
The visiting team reaches this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after beating Bnei Yehuda, with a 0-1 home defeat and a 0-2 away victory in the previous round. The team arrives to this match after a victory at home with Terek Grozny by (4-0). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Zenit St. Petersburg won 8, tied 1 and lost 1. Their attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. There is 1 period in the last 5 games as a visitor for all competitions: he scored 3 of his 6 goals in the minutes (46′-60 ‘).
Zenit started the competition in the third round and ended up eliminating Bnei in a tie that ended 2×1 in the aggregate score. The visiting team knows the importance of scoring goals away from home, therefore, it must maintain the same performance, as it left with a victory outside its domains and being thus the equipment could route the classification already in the first party. Coach Roberto Mancini will not make any changes in the starting lineup and will thus maintain his usual tactical outfit, 4-2-2, with his defense standing out with only six goals in the last ten matches.
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