Betting tips for Fenerbahce VS Zenit Petersburg 12.02.2019
The Europa League returns this Tuesday with the first clash of the tie that faces Fenerbahçe and Zenit. Turks and Russians are fighting for access to the knockout rounds of the competition.
The Galatasaray-Benfica duel in Istanbul, scheduled for Thursday, prompted UEFA officials to change the meeting between Fenerbahce and Zenit on Tuesday. Domestically, the Turkish side are starting a season to forget, as reflected in the current situation in terms of qualifying: Fenerbahçe are in 14th place with 23 points, only three above the danger line.
The situation is worrying both on and off the pitch due to the debts that the club has been declaring and the fact that it failed to gain access to the Champions League when losing with Benfica in the preliminary phase of the competition only contributed to the sharpening of the situation. The Europa League is far from as attractive as the Champions League in financial terms, but Fenerbahçe have faced the competition with seriousness continues in the test after it has cleared from the group D (Dynamo Zagreb, Spartak Trnava and Anderlecht) with eight points. In the team's technical lead, the situation is anything but stable, given that Ersun Yanal is Fenerbahçe's third coach in the current season following the dismissals of Phillip Cocu and Erwin Koeman.
Despite the financial constraints already mentioned, Fenerbahçe continues to count on interesting values in its squad like Martin Skrtler, Mauricio Isla, Nabil Dirar, Mathieu Valbuena, Roberto Soldado, André Ayew or Islam Slimani and in the winter market rescued the services of Victor Moses , a Nigerian who is in Turkey on loan from Chelsea. The criticism considers that Fenerbahçe is an "aging" team and questions the fact that it has abdicated some of its references in recent years. The Macedonian midfielder Elif Elmas is one of the fugues to rule and simultaneously one of the most valuable assets of the club.
Fenerbahçe were able to take advantage of the home side during the group stage as they collected seven of their eight points to play against their supporters Spartak Trnava (2-0), Anderlecht (2-0) and Dynamo Zagreb (0-0) . Despite not having conceded a goal in all three matches, the defensive consistency is anything but an identity trait of this group that has already scored 28 goals in 21 games for the championship and has suffered at least one in four of his last five challenges.
The rigor of the Russian winter means an interruption in the national soccer events that extends from the beginning of the month of December until March, in such a way that Zenit will play both meetings of this tie without any compromise by the means. The St Petersburg team have not been officially active since December 13, when they have joined forces with Slavia Prague (1-0), and lack of pace is always a difficult handicap to counter at this stage of the competition, as as has become clear over the last few years.
Russia's leading scorer with 34 points from 17 challenges, Zenit passed the first stage by beating Group C with 11 points. Curiously, he failed to win any of the challenges he faced away from home - he drew 1-1 in Copenhagen (1-1) and lost to Prague (2-0). Recent Zenit statistics outside Russia are anything but positive: they have lost nine of their last ten out-of-doors appointments in phases to eliminate European races and zero wins in the last seven trips. In five away matches for European competition in the current season, Zenit never managed to make more than one goal in each of those challenges.