RB Leipzig (@1.62) vs Zenit St Petersburg (@4.75)
23-10-2019

Our Prediction:

RB Leipzig will win

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

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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.

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Zenit play host to Leipzig at their Stadion Krestovskyi in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursdays program in the Europa League. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive win at home in the Europa League. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the return leg as they have turned their Stadion Krestovkyi into a real fortress. The Russian side scored a vital away goal in a 2-1 loss to Leipzig at Red Bull Arena, but they need to beat the Bundesliga side in Sankt Petersburg if they are to make it to the quarter-finals. Leipzig did well to eliminate Napoli in the last 32, but you should bear in mind that the Neapolitans rested several first-team regulars in the two-legged tie against the Serie A club.

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.

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.

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That away goal took a comfortable 2-0 win for the home side and turned it into the narrowest of margins with a crucial away goal scored into the bargain. The fly in the ointment for the German side came with five minutes to go, Criscito stepping up to float a free-kick past Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi. Given how Zenit turned things around in St Petersburg after a narrow defeat at Celtic, theres reason for Leipzig to be concerned.

Leipzig did well to eliminate Napoli in the last 32, but you should bear in mind that the Neapolitans rested several first-team regulars in the two-legged tie against the Serie A club. The Russian side scored a vital away goal in a 2-1 loss to Leipzig at Red Bull Arena, but they need to beat the Bundesliga side in Sankt Petersburg if they are to make it to the quarter-finals. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive win at home in the Europa League. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the return leg as they have turned their Stadion Krestovkyi into a real fortress. Zenit play host to Leipzig at their Stadion Krestovskyi in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursdays program in the Europa League.

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.

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Domenico Criscito might have been the man that grabbed the late goal for Zenit last week to give them a much better chance of progressing from the tie, but it's another full back that should be watched closely. In addition to that, he's a great defender and a player you can count on to perform. That man is Branislav Ivanovic. He scored a massive goal for them against Celtic in the last round at home, and he has been known to score crucial goals in Europe down the years.