Zenit vs Celtic Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Football fans are in for a real treat as Zenit Petersburg will host Celtic at the Krestovsky Stadium. This is a game of the second leg of the round of 32 between two mighty sides which are bound to provide a spectacle after a slow, first game.
Zenit have suffered their first defeat in the previous week and with it ended their seven-game undefeated streak in the UEFA European competitions. 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 but it seems that it wasn’t enough to get a better result at the Celtic Park. In this clash with the help of the home fans, things might turn out in their favor.
Celtic are in for a real challenge as they have to face Zenit and the mighty Russian winter. Last week they made their first step to progressing further in Europa League. Aside from the win, they also managed to not concede a goal at home which could turn out to be the deciding factor after this game. They also improved their balance when facing Russian teams and now have four wins, a draw and a loss against them. It looks like Brendan Rogers did a great job to prepare his team.
In the last clash, Celtic won by the score of 1-0. Both teams played carefully and waited for their chances. The first half was a bit slow, but in the second things started to heat up. We have seen lots of contact and chances on both ends of the field. McGregor of Celtic took one of those chances to take his teams up front, thus setting the final result. The fact that there were nine yellow cards in the second half alone best pictures how rough the game was.
Zenit don't have lots of missing players for the match against Celtic. Denis Terentjev is doubtful for the match, while Alexander Anyukov is not fully fit. All other players are fully fit and ready for the match.
On the other side Celtic have more missing players for this game. Jonny Hayes, Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths and Dedryck Boyata are injured and they will not play on this match. Anthony Ralston and Patrick Roberts are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
Possible starting lineups
Zenit: Lunev; Criscito, Mammana, Ivanovic, Smolnikov; Kranevitter, Paredes, Erokhin; Poloz, Kokorin, Rigoni
Celtic: Vries; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer; Forrest, Kouassi, Brown, Ntcham, Tierney; McGregor; Dembele
Zenit vs Celtic Prediction
We expect a true football fight in Russia and expect aggressive playing from both sides. After first leg Celtic have a better chances and their main objective for the match will be to score. On the other side the hosts must win this match and they will try to score from the first minute. Zenit will try to win this match to nil, while Celtic will play cautious and will try to score after fast counterattacks. However we will see lots of midfield duels and fouls and probably lots of yellows.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Zenit vs Celtic Prediction: Zenit to win. We expect from Zenit to win, but also expect from Celtic to score. Our risky bet goes on correct score 2-1. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.