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

Zenit may have brushed past Celtic in the last round of the Europa League, but theyve found momentum hard to come by elsewhere. That doesnt change the fact that it seems to take teams a while to find their feet after the break. The reasons for Russias gargantuan winter break are obvious its a big country with a lot of snow.

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.

If it ends that way, Zenit will go through; Gamebookers have them at 39/20 to advance to the next round, which again seems generous. In that light, the 17/2 offered by Coral on a 1-0 home win might be the Zenit St Petersburg vs RB Leipzig best odds of the night. If, however, you think a score draw is a live possibility, check out Betway who have odds of 3/1 on that. Neither of these teams is setting the world alight domestically right now, and with the tie on a knife-edge, this could be a tight, edgy game.

The return leg, in a weeks time, may well be a different matter. The fact that Leipzig are the hosts here puts them in the position of strength but if their opponents score first, that changes in a hurry. Nonetheless, in this leg of the tie anyway, our RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg prediction is a Leipzig win, probably by a single goal. That said, Leipzig havent been pulling up trees recently either, so this match is really a case of two clubs looking to find some elusive form.

RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg Prediction: Home Win

Zenit have been impressive in the national championship in the 21st century, winning four league titles, while clinching two Russian Cups (2010, 2016). The Russian outfit defeated Glasgow Rangers (2-0) in the title game, with Denisov and Zyryanov both finding the net in the final of the competition. The Zenitchiki are a regular participant of the Champions League group stages and in 2008 they did well to win the UEFA Cup.

In domestic play, these two sides are not in too dissimilar circumstances. They have three teams to jump over just to get to second and try to make a play on leaders Lokomotiv. They are each in the chasing pack in regards to the Champions League spots, but Zenit still do have a chance, albeit a small one, of moving up and clinching an unlikely title victory. Leipzig, along with everyone else not named Bayern, are out of the title running. But they are embroiled in a fierce battle for UCL places right now, and every result is crucial in that race.

The 3-0 win over Celtic needs to be set against the fact that Celtic pretty much always lose away in Europe. Zenits other results since returning from hiatus havent been impressive. Zenit are the side here with European pedigree they won this competition in 2008, in fact but at least on their visit to Leipzig they will start as underdogs.

RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg match previews will pay close attention to Zenits slowness in getting back to match fitness and form. In a game most notable for featuring three red cards two for Zenit the sides played out a 0-0 draw. A bunch of warm-weather friendlies in Dubai and Turkey aside, Zenits only other game in 2018 was last weekends return to league action against relegation strugglers Amkar Perm. Not the best way to prepare for a visit to a Bundesliga-level opponent, for sure.

With a tough away match in Russia to come, Leipzig don't have a lot of wiggle room if they have aspirations of moving on. They will need a solid, composed, display from central midfield talisman Naby Keita to move on here. The Guinea man has been a little erratic with his discipline this season, picking up several red cards. However, he is one of the most talented players in an overall sense in this tournament and picked up an assist in the first leg to help drive them to victory.

RB Leipzig Team News, Updates and Facts

While the gap between second-placed Schalke and Leipzig in sixth is just four points right now, RB fans wont need reminding that just a few weeks ago they were the team in second, and that they are now as close to Hoffenheim in seventh as they are to Schalke. Ralph Hassenhuttls men are experiencing a lack of form that could hurt their ambitions for European football next season.

Leipzig could well get what they need if you can go to Napoli and win 3-1 youre at least a decent team but our betting.org Zenit St Petersburg vs RB Leipzig prediction is for the Russian side to win and go through to the quarter-finals. That mix of home advantage, away goal and European experience just edges them over the line, in our estimation.