Celtic vs Zenit Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Football fans are in for a real treat as the Scottish champions will host one of the biggest names in Russian football. This is a game of the first leg of the round of 32 between Celtic and Zenit Petersburg at the Celtic Park.
Celtic, led by Brendan Rodgers, are in a great form and their recent results best picture that. Under Brendan, Celtic won the Scottish domestic treble last season – for the fourth time in their history – without losing a match. Out of the last six games, they have five wins and one loss. Celtic are facing Zenit after losing all three home games in their UEFA Champions League group stage. Throughout their history, Celtic have had a positive balance when facing Russian oppositions. They have won three, drawn two, and lost one game. Their record at the home side is less impressive with a single draw, win, and a loss. Their most recent clash against a team from Russia was in the season 2012/13 when they managed to beat Spartak Moskva by the score of 2-1.
Zenit are undefeated in seven UEFA outings with six wins and a draw. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in all of those games, conceding one goal in each of those encounters. This is their eighth year in a row that they are still competing in Europe in the springtime. They finished third in last season's Russian league and reached the UEFA Europa League group stage after overcoming Bnei Yehuda in the third qualifying round and Utrecht in the play. Zenit have some valuable experience when it comes to playing against the Scotish teams. Arguably, the greatest night of the club’s history was in 2007/08 when they beat Rangers by the score of 2-0 in the UEFA Cup final in Manchester.
The two sides have never faced each other before and we will enjoy in one tough game with lots of midfield duels. Read our betting preview and take your chance to win a big with our prediction and betting tips.
Celtic have lots of missing players for the match against Zenit. Anthony Ralston, Jonny Hayes, Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths and Dedryck Boyata are all injured and they can't help their team on this home match. Tomas Rogic and Patrick Roberts are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are available to play.
On the other side Zenit have several missing players for the match. Andrey Lunev, Alexander Anyukov, Denis Terentjev and Igor Smolnikov are doubtful for the match in Scotland. All other players are ready to play and they will play aggressive football from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Celtic: Vries; Tierney, Ajer, Simunovic, Lustig; Ntcham, Brown; Sinclair, Musonda, Forrest; Dembele
Zenit: Lunev; Ivanovic, Mammana, Mevlja, Criscito; Kranevitter, Paredes, Noboa; Rigoni, Poloz
Celtic vs Zenit Prediction
We expect one tough football game and a true football battle in Scotland. The hosts are highly motivated for the match and they will play aggressive from the first minute. Their imperative is to win at home and they will do their best to make positive record before rematch in Russia. On the other side Zenit will play aggressive in defending and they will try to score after fast counterattacks. For sure all players know what is a benefit if score and they will try to do that. Celtic have failed to win their last 11 matches, while on the other side Zenit have won 6 of their last 7 matches in Europa League. What can we expect on Thursday night in Scotland.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Celtic vs Zenit Prediction: Celtic to win. We expect from the hosts to score a late winning goal and to win this game with 2-1. So our risky bet goes on correct score 2-1. If you want to win more money with this game then can place your bet on Over 9.5 corners. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.