Zenit St Petersburg vs Villarreal Match Info
Match date: 7thMarch 2019
Kick-Off: 5.55pm GMT
Stadium: Saint-Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg
Zenit St Petersburg vs Villarreal Head to Head Record
Last 2 meetings:
21 Feb 2008 Villarreal 2 – 1 Zenit
13 Feb 2008 Zenit 1 – 0 Villarreal
Matches played: 2
Zenit wins: 1
Villarreal wins: 1
Zenit St Petersburg vs Villarreal Stats
- Zenit have been denied a win in front of the home fans just once this term
- Villarreal sit in La Liga relegation zone after 26 outings with overwhelming woes
- Lions got past the rivals narrowly in a 2-2 16th Finals aggregate draw back in 2008, going on to win the UEFA Cup
Zenit St Petersburg vs Villarreal Match Preview
Zenit host Villarreal for their Europa League clash looking to make their way to the Quarter-finals on the back of another solid display in front of the home fans, where they based their success through most part of the campaign already – including a 3-1 win over Fenerbahce in 16th Finals.
Lions now come into the match on the back of a narrow 0-1 win at Ural where a single goal from in-form Sardar Azmoun proved enough for all three Premier League points. They will now want to keep up their winning streak and we feel the Spanish rivals are in for a great challenge.
Villarreal have seen their troubled spell of form in domestic competitions continue with losses to Atletico Madrid (2-0) and Deportivo Alaves (1-2), sitting in the La Liga relegation zone with just 23 points earned in 26 outings – with Europa League success the only bright point now.
Yellow Submarine have been more challenging at home ground and will have high hopes ahead of the return match, but getting a positive result here will be paramount for Javi Calleja. However, getting it at Saint-Petersburg Stadium should prove a very tough task for his men.
Indeed, we don’t see the visitors snatching it and we’ll now rather back Zenit to earn an advantage with a Home win priced at 19/20 with William Hill, which seems great value seeing their performances here through most part of the campaign.
We expect a narrow occasion, though, and a lot could depend on their defensive setup – as we also back Zenit to keep a clean sheet at 5/4 with Paddy Power. Villarreal have struggled to score goals away from home on the regular and this could prove costly now as well.
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