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Zenit v RB Leipzig predictions, betting tips and preview - Leipzig to edge through to the quarter-finals

  • Leipzig lead 2-1 from the first leg
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NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15: Naby Keita of RB Leipzig in action during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Napoli and RB Leipzig at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Zenit v RB Leipzig prediction

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Zenit have won their last five home games in this competition

Leipzig won 3-1 away to Napoli in the last 32

Leipzig have scored seven goals in their last two European away games

Zenit v RB Leipzig match odds

Zenit v RB Leipzig betting tips

With Zenit having no real interest in the Russian Premier League for the rest of this season, now sitting ten points off the pace with eight games to go, their apathy towards the competition was shown as they drew 0-0 at FC Rostov at the weekend. Alexander Kokorin was left on the bench for Zenit, who have now clearly made this competition their priority for the rest of the season.

Now drawing each of their last three Russian Premier League games 0-0, goals have been hard to come by of late for this team, with the aforementioned Kokorin being the only player to reach double figures for the team this season. However, they will take confidence from the fact they were able to comfortably beat Celtic 3-0 in their second leg tie in Russia in the previous round.

Leipzig meanwhile saw their stuttering Bundesliga form continue at the weekend after drawing 0-0 away to Stuttgart - leaving them without a win in four games in the league. It doesn’t get any easier for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men at the weekend either, as they face Bayern Munich at home on Sunday evening after their trip to Russia.

The Red Bull-owned club produced one of the shocks of the round in the Europa League last time out, eliminating one of the tournament favourites Napoli on the away goals. The catalyst for that victory came in their 3-1 first leg win in Naples and another away victory on Thursday evening would see them progress to the quarter-finals.

Having won 4-1 at Monaco and 3-1 at Napoli in their last two European away games, Leipzig have the potential to upset any side in Europe on their day, being one of the most unpredictable sides left in this season’s Europa League. Zenit have pedigree in this competition, but it’s debatable whether or not they have a squad as strong as recent years to really compete this time around.

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