On Tuesday, starting at 17:55, the Fenerbahce – Zenit, from the sixteen Europa League, the first game, the 2018-2019 edition, will be played.
The two bands have not met in European competitions so far.
Fenerbahce lost another match in Turkey, reaching 8 failures this season. “Yellow Canaries” have only scored 23 points so far, being at 3 points the last place to be relegated. The miserable season continues, even as Ersun Yanal took over. The inconsistent evolutions, however, brought them a qualification in the Europa League finals sixteen and will now meet Zenit St. Petersburg.
The Russian team has not played in an official match since December 13, Zenit playing a series of friendly matches lately. The Russian leader missed a considerable advance against Krasnodar and TSKA Moscow, with only 1 point above Tauri. “Students” of Sergey Semak had a series of impressive victories, but at the end of the year they began to get tired.
Zenit was the protagonist of some interesting transfers this winter. Leandro Paredes went to Paris Saint-Germain for 45 million euros, with a total of 37 million euros for the Russians, 3 players: Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan) and Yaroslav Rakytskyi (Sahtior Donetk).
Turks remain strong on Sukru Saracoglu, and Zenit will take a while to integrate newcomers into the game formula. We do not think Fenerbahce will leave the arena Sukru Saracoglu defeated, but will not score too many goals.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / NO @ 1,81