Zenit vs RB Leipzig Europa League Preview: Zenit Saint Petersburg will host RB Leipzig at the Krestovsky Stadium this week in the Europa League round of 16, second leg match.
Zenit were beaten 2-1 at the Red Bull Arena in the first leg. Bruma and Timo Werner scored a goal each for the home side, but a late away goal scored by Domenico Criscito ensured that the Russians also have their chances to reach the quarterfinals. The tie is not over yet.
Head to Head
The first leg match of this Europa League tie, which ended as a 2-1 win for RB Leipzig, was the first meeting between the two sides.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Midfielder Viktor Faizulin has had a knee operation.
Defender Emanuel Mammana has a Cruciate Ligament Rupture.
Andrey Lunev and Daler Kuzyaev are doubts for the match as they have picked up injuries.
Left-back Marcel Halstenberg has a Cruciate Ligament Rupture and will miss the match.
Central midfielder Konrad Laimer has recovered from a minor wound and is fit and available for selection for this match.
Players to Watch
Alexandr Kokorin (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
The 26-year-old Russian forward has found the back of the net 10 times in the Russian Premier League so far this season. The Russians will be hoping he can provide a much-needed spark in the second leg.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
The 21-year-old German forward has had a high flying season so far domestically and also in Europe.
The youngster has three goals to his name in the Champions League group stage and has also scored thrice in the Europa League as well. He also scored a goal in the first leg of this tie.
Zenit vs RB Leipzig Lineups ( Predicted XI )
Zenit Lineup ( 4-4-2 )
Goalkeeper: Lunyov (GK)
Defenders: Criscito (LB) Mevlja (LCB) Ivanovic (RCB) Smolinkov (RB)
Midfielders: Ozdoyev (LM) Zhirkov (LCM) Yerokin (RCM) Kuzyayev (RM)
RB Leipzig Lineup ( 4-4-2 )
Goalkeeper: Gulaski (GK)
Defenders: Bernardo (LB) Konate (LCB) Orban (RCB) Klostermann (RB)
Midfielders: Bruma (LM) Demme (LCM) Kampl (RCM) Sabitzer (RM)
Zenit vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Zenit have home advantage in this match. The away goal that they scored in the first leg might prove to be crucial to deciding who will make it to the next round of the competition.
On the other hand, RB Leipzig will not want to lose this tie as they have the advantage and the away side will be looking for the opening goal. They will give their everything to progress to the next stage of the competition.
As the tie is still open, Zenit have their chance to enter into the next stage of the competition. It is most likely that the team that scores first will most likely win this match.
But, the mental state of the team can be a significant factor in deciding the fixture. As RB Leipzig have already defeated Zenit in their home, they can’t afford to lose the game here.
However, in front of their own fans, Zenit can provide some beautiful football. So, we predict that Zenit will win the match in such a way that the win will be enough for them to progress to the next stage of the competition.
Our prediction for this match is a 2-0 win for Zenit Saint Petersburg.