Betting tips for Villarreal VS Zenit Petersburg 14.03.2019
Villarreal got a memorable 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg in the first leg of this Europa League (EL) tie, which gave them a great chance to get into the next round. However, it will not be simple for the yellow submarine, as they have only won five of their 13 home games in European competitions (G5, E3, P5).
In fact, the Spanish team has won only four of its last 17 matches in all competitions (G4, E8, P5). In that time he has received an average of 1.35 goals per game, so, as expected, they have needed a goal margin of two or more goals to ensure victory in three of those four wins.
Only five games have elapsed in the new season and the stunning home defeat of Zenit against Villarreal was his second of the campaign in official matches, although both came in the EL (G3, P2). They will need goals to reverse this situation and fortunately they have not managed to score in only one of their last five games for the points.
Zenit have won each of their last two visits against Spanish opponents, but Villarreal can boast an impeccable record at home against Russian teams (four wins in four games).
Players to watch: Although he did not score in the first leg, Karl Toko Ekambi (VIL) has looked good in the EL, scoring three goals and giving three assists in the competition so far.
Sardar Azmoun scored the Zenit discount goal against Villarreal last week, making him the team's top scorer in this competition with three goals.
Statistics to consider: Villarreal have left their unbeaten goal in only one of their last eight official games in home condition.
Two of the last three games of Villarreal in the EL presented a red card.
Zenit have lost ten of their previous 11 matches as visitors in direct elimination brackets in the EL.
Zenit have not scored more than one goal in any direct elimination game as a visitor in the EL.