Zenit Petersburg – Fenerbahce SOCCER PICKS
Zenit St. Petersburg and Fenerbahçe meet, in a return match of this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals), after in the first leg the Fenerbahçe won at home by (1-0). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
Zenit St. Petersburg:
The home team comes to this second leg with a disadvantage of 1 goal, in addition to the disadvantage of not scoring goals as a visitor in the first leg. 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, 2 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 22 goals scored and 19 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 25 goals scored and 16 conceded. In the last 5 home matches for the UEFA Europa League Zenit St. Petersburg has a record of 5 wins.
For this competition, record a sequence of 5 wins in their last home matches. 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. In 11 games played in this competition, he got the comeback in 2 of the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Zenit St. Petersburg reach this second game with a defeat, 1-0, in the Fenerbahçe arena. Despite the defeat, this was not considered a bad result, as a win by the same marker leaves the tie open. In this second confrontation against the Turks, Professor Sergey Semak must remain true to his game model, favoring the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks: Kranevitter is the great master of the Russian team. For this game, the coach can not count on Noboa, Kuzyaev and Mammana, all with physical problems.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 1 goal, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. 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 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 13 conceded. In the last match that they played, for the Süper Lig, they tied with Konyaspor at home (1-1). In the last 10 away matches Fenerbahçe has a record of 1 win, 4 draws and 5 losses. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
The Fenerbahçe leaves for this game with a draw, by 1-1, in the reception at Konyaspor, adding the second game followed without losing in official games. We remember that the Turks are in advantage in this tie, due to the triumph at home over Zenit, by 1-0. In this second leg, coach Ersun Yanal must opt for a strategy similar to that of the last match, benefiting the defensive organization and counterattacks: Moses is a very fast and strong player in the offensive transition. On the other hand, André Ayew is one of the best markers of the team in official competitions, with 5 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Ekici, Cigerci and Ersu, all injured.