Zenit Petersburg – Bordeaux SOCCER PICKS
Zenit St. Petersburg and Bordeaux meet, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). 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.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
The home team arrives at this 3rd round of Group C in the 1st position, with 4 points won, after 1 win and 1 draw. In their first match in this group stage it tied away against FC Copenhagen, by (1-1). On matchday two, they won at home against Slavia Praha by (1-0). 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 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 13 wins and 2 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a loss outside with Dynamo Moscow by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Zenit St. Petersburg has won 9 and tied 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 20 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Zenit have been fighting hard to stay at the top of their group’s leaderboard, therefore, playing alongside their fans, they must go with everything on their rival. By having a more qualified team, the locals must press the opponent from the initial minutes of play, because they know the importance of making a goal at the beginning of the game. In the last round, the Zenit team achieved a victory next to their fans, on Slavia, by the score of 1×0. The local coach should take the field to a very competitive team, because he needs to add the three points.
The visiting team arrives at this 3rd round of Group C in the 4th position, without any points won, after 2 defeats. In their first match in this group stage they lost an away match against Slavia Praha by (1-0). In the 2nd round, they lost at home to FC Copenhagen by (1-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 22 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 27 goals scored and 16 conceded. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Montpellier by (2-0). In the last 4 UEFA Champions League matches they played against Bordeaux, they won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (46’-60 ‘).
The Bordeaux phase is very bad in the competition, since the team is in the last position of their group’s leaderboard, with no added points, so if they want to react, they will have to change their way of playing completely. Far from home, the Bordeaux team should have another difficult match ahead, then, they will have to give the maximum themselves if they want to leave the field with at least one point. On the final day, the Bordeaux team was defeated inside the home by the København team, by the 2×1 score. The coach of the visiting team must take to the field what is best available to him, since he has no significant absences for this duel.