Zenit Petersburg – FC Copenhagen SOCCER PICKS
Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Copenhagen meet, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the home team, which in the last 2 games won 1 and tied 1. Attention to the home factor, since Zenit St. Petersburg usually conquer different results at home and away.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
The home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 8 points won, after 2 wins and 2 draws. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Bordeaux, by (2-1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Bordeaux, by (1-1). 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, 3 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 20 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 14 wins and 1 draw at their stadium, with 37 goals scored and 10 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Rostov by (2-0). Zenit St. Petersburg won 4 of their last 4 home matches for the UEFA Europa League.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 victories in their last home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 6 of the last 8 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In 8 matches played in this competition, they got the comeback in 2 of the 4 matches in which they suffered the first goal.
The Zenit St. Petersburg is a club that has conquered the Europa League once throughout its history, a title that won in the 2007/08 season, in addition to having four Premier League titles (Russian Championship), being the most recent title expired in 2014/15. In the current season, the team has been doing a relatively good campaign in the Europa League, having won eight of the twelve points played so far and occupies the leadership of Group C, but with only one point ahead of the second classified. In the last seven games that Zenit St. Petersburg played at home, in addition to having won all of them, in five the team scored more than 1.5 goals. We believe that in this confrontation, by playing at home against a theoretically weaker opponent, Zenit will once again achieve a victory.
After 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss, the away team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 5 points won. In the last match, they have tied (0-0) in an away match against Slavia Praha, after in the previous round they have lost (0-1) at home against Slavia Praha. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Superliga, they beat Midtjylland at home by (2-1). In the last 6 away matches for the UEFA Europa League FC Copenhagen has 4 wins and 2 draws.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 6 away matches. In 12 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in the 4 matches they have conceded the first goal. In the last 7 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Kobenhavn is a club that never managed to win a title of a European competition, having as the most important titles the twelve cups of the Superligaen (Danish Championship), conquered for the last time in 2016/17. In the current season, the team has been doing an irregular campaign in the group stage of the Europa League, since it has won five of the twelve points it has played so far, thus being in the third position of Group C, three points behind of the leader. In the last five games that the Kobenhavn played as a visitor, for several competitions, in three of them the team suffered goals. We believe that in this confrontation, to face the leader of the group, the Kobenhavn will have difficulties and will end up being defeated.