RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Match Info
Date: Wednesday October 23 2019
Kick-off time: 5.55pm BST
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (Turkey)
RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Head-To-Head Record
2 previous matches
March 15 2018: Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 RB Leipzig
March 8 2018: RB Leipzig 2-1 Zenit St Petersburg
RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Stats
- These clubs previously met in the 2017-18 Europa League round-of-16 and Leipzig went on to lose in the quarter-finals to Marseille
- Zenit are the only Russian club RB Leipzig have played in European competition since their debut two seasons ago
- Zenit have lost only two of their last seven European matches away to German clubs
RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Match Preview
Champions League Group G is wide open, with the possible exception of bottom club Benfica, and RB Leipzig are backed to give their qualification hopes a big boost with victory against Zenit.
While Benfica have yet to get off the mark, the other three teams are covered by only one point in the table and it’s the one we have yet to mention here, Lyon, who are currently favourites to finish top and thus give themselves a good chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
Lyon will hope to make hay in their mid-point double-header against Benfica to potentially nail down first place, which they currently share with Zenit. While it is clearly supposition at this stage, Leipzig and/or Zenit may even treat their next two games against each other as a qualification shootout.
Leipzig, who won their opener 2-1 away to Benfica, will obviously want to do better than in their last home match which they lost 2-0 against Lyon and indeed they are winless in their latest four games in all competitions, having also hit a bit of a sticky patch in the Bundesliga.
Zenit are unbeaten in the group after starting with a 1-1 draw away to Lyon and then winning 3-1 at home to Benfica with the ‘Iranian Messi’, Sardar Azmoun, continuing the excellent form he has shown since joining from Rubin Kazan last winter by scoring in both matches.
Although in the better form of this duo, and with a respectable overall record in Germany, Zenit have lost on their last two visits to this country, including Leipzig in the Europa League two seasons ago (see above), and so the Red Bulls are taken to come out on top.
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RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Betting Tips
RB Leipzig to win and both teams to score @ 2/1 with bet365
RB Leipzig to win and over 1.5 goals in the match @ 5/6 with Paddy Power