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Zenit vs Utrecht – Europa League Prediction and Betting Tip Preview

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Zenit St Petersburg will host the Dutch side Utrecht, at the Krestovsky Stadium in this decisive match of the Europa League play-off.

We can’t deny that Utrecht has surprised the Russians in the 1st leg. They were the underdogs, despite playing at home, because of Zenit’s reputation, especially on this competition.

But Utrecht won 1-0 and now have a huge advantage going into this match.

That’s because, if they are able to score now in the 2nd leg away, which is something that Zenit failed to do in the Netherlands, that will force the Russians to win by a 2-goal margin.

Utrecht has entered this Europa League’s qualification stage by finishing 4th in the Eredivisie, behind Feyenoord, PSV and Ajax.

After that, the team has won in the Europa League’s Dutch play-offs, having beaten Heerenven and AZ Alkmaar.

The Dutch are unbeaten in their last 5 matches and have started their league campaign well, winning both matches played so far and sitting in 2nd place, tied with the 1st.

Latest results – Zenit:

20.08.2017 D1 Amkar Perm 0-1 Zenit
16.08.2017 EULQ FC Utrecht 1-0 Zenit
13.08.2017 D1 Zenit 4-0 Akhmat Groznyi
09.08.2017 D1 FK Ural 1-1 Zenit
06.08.2017 D1 Zenit 5-1 Spartak Moscow
03.08.2017 EULQ Zenit 0-1 Bnei Yehuda
Latest results – FC Utrecht:

20.08.2017 D1 FC Utrecht 2-0 Willem II Tilburg
16.08.2017 EULQ FC Utrecht 1-0 Zenit
11.08.2017 D1 ADO Den Haag 0-3 FC Utrecht
03.08.2017 EULQ Lech Poznan 2-2 FC Utrecht
27.07.2017 EULQ FC Utrecht 0-0 Lech Poznan
20.07.2017 EULQ FC Utrecht 3-1 Valletta FC

Zenit vs Utrecht Betting Tip:

Leading the Russian Premier League with 19 points and an almost perfect campaign so far, with 6 wins and only 1 draw, Zenit will need to reverse the advantage gained by Utrecht in the 1st leg.

The team has already played in the previous round of this qualifying stage, eliminating Bnei Yehuda with a 2-0 win away from home and then, despite suffering an unexpected loss at home 1-0, they ended up going through anyway.

Of course, the Russian side hasn’t made so many crazy moves in the transfer window as they used to do a couple of years ago, but they have still bought some interesting players for this new season.

The highlights are Noboa, Paredes, Driussi and Kraneviter. Even with the loss away from home, I believe in their strength at home. The Russian club has a very positive record at home, even in the European competitions.

I believe that Zenit will be able to score at least 2 goals over the course of the match, and possibly advance to the group stage of this Europa League.

Betting Tip / PredictionOddStakeBookmakerStatus
Zenit – Team goals over 1.5
1.53
10
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