RB Leipzig (@1.62) vs Zenit St Petersburg (@4.75)

Our Prediction:

RB Leipzig will win

RB Leipzig – Zenit St Petersburg Match Prediction | 23-10-2019 12:55

In domestic play, these two sides are not in too dissimilar circumstances. They have three teams to jump over just to get to second and try to make a play on leaders Lokomotiv. They are each in the chasing pack in regards to the Champions League spots, but Zenit still do have a chance, albeit a small one, of moving up and clinching an unlikely title victory. Leipzig, along with everyone else not named Bayern, are out of the title running. But they are embroiled in a fierce battle for UCL places right now, and every result is crucial in that race.

RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg match previews will pay close attention to Zenits slowness in getting back to match fitness and form. In a game most notable for featuring three red cards two for Zenit the sides played out a 0-0 draw. A bunch of warm-weather friendlies in Dubai and Turkey aside, Zenits only other game in 2018 was last weekends return to league action against relegation strugglers Amkar Perm. Not the best way to prepare for a visit to a Bundesliga-level opponent, for sure.

If they can get a lead here, they can feel confident of defending it. Having come alive to paste Celtic 3-0 at the Krestovskyi Stadium, Zenit have managed just one goal since then, a late Domenico Criscito finish in the first leg of this tie giving them at least an away goal and something to cling to in this tie. The positive news is that their defence has been strong, with no goals conceded in the three games played at home since their winter break ended.

With neither side in great form, that sounds like a real possibility. Having home advantage puts Leipzig in the box seat for this one, and backing them to win at 4/6 with Genting looks like a decent option. Perhaps the RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg best odds on the night, though, are the 31/4 offered by ComeOn that the home side will win a tight contest 2-1. Their French striker Kevin-Jean Augustin has scored in their last three league matches, and his odds of 4-1 to be the first scorer here, from 888Sport, are well worth looking into.

RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Best Odds

As this is Leipzigs debut European season the club was founded in 2009 by a soft-drinks giant and has worked its way up from the fifth tier of German football this is unsurprisingly their first meeting with Zenit. Its their first meeting with any Russian side, in fact, so all we have to go on is their European record from this season, which is patchy entering the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group, then knocking Napoli out to get here.

Werner himself was then the beneficiary of an excellent run and through-ball from Naby Keita, who Leipzig will surely miss next season when he moves to Liverpool. Werners finish, like Brumas, was impeccable. The first-leg tie last week was the first time these sides had ever met, and the first half passed off largely without incident. Things got a bit more interesting in the second half when Bruma, played in by Timo Werner, scored a fine goal to give the home side the advantage.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the teams manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well. Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow.

Leipzig, on the other hand, eliminated Napoli in the double-header, meaning that they are definitely capable of beating the Russian outfit in front of home fans. Zenit suffered a 1-0 loss to Celtic in Glasgow in their last away game in the Europa League and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. The Russian side do not want to stop now and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Red Bulls when the two teams face each other at Red Bull Arena in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desire, meaning that they should be happy with share of spoils against the Bundesliga side. Zenit did well to overtake a one-goal deficit in the tie against Celtic, with the team rolling over the Scottish Champions 3-0 in front of home fans.

Theyve picked a bad time for things to start going wrong. Last time out in Europe a 2-0 loss at home to Napoli madedie Roten Bullen very grateful for their 3-1 first-leg win. Theyve recently lost at home to bottom side Koln, and German international striker Timo Werner isnt scoring. A draw at the weekend against Dortmund at least put the end to a chain of defeats, but does mean that Leipzig have now picked up just one of the last nine points on offer.

Zenit St Petersburg

Roberto Mancinis men have just this past weekend returned to domestic competition after a long Russian winter break RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg betting tips will favour the home side for that reason among others. Embattled in the German league, RB Leipzig will be looking for relief through European competition as they welcome Russias Zenit St Petersburg to the Red Bull Arena in the Europa Leagues Round of 16.

The 3-0 win over Celtic needs to be set against the fact that Celtic pretty much always lose away in Europe. Zenits other results since returning from hiatus havent been impressive. Zenit are the side here with European pedigree they won this competition in 2008, in fact but at least on their visit to Leipzig they will start as underdogs.

Since their return to domestic action, Zenits league record amounts to two games played, two goalless draws. At home to Amkar Perm, and away to Rostov two sides they should be beating Roberto Mancinis side have looked as though theyre still on their break. Theyve dropped out of the Champions League places, and most worryingly have struggled for goals.

If it ends that way, Zenit will go through; Gamebookers have them at 39/20 to advance to the next round, which again seems generous. In that light, the 17/2 offered by Coral on a 1-0 home win might be the Zenit St Petersburg vs RB Leipzig best odds of the night. If, however, you think a score draw is a live possibility, check out Betway who have odds of 3/1 on that. Neither of these teams is setting the world alight domestically right now, and with the tie on a knife-edge, this could be a tight, edgy game.