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Round of 16 Europa League action brings together Zenit St Petersburg and Real Betis at the Gazprom Arena. Both sides have been in an impeccable form of late and should give us an interesting Thursday night of footballing action.
Free Match Tips from Punditfeed for Zenit vs Real Betis
Here are some bias-free tips we have put together for Zenit vs Real Betis.
Double Chance: Real Betis to Win or Draw @ 3/5 (1.60)
Total Goals: Over 2.5 Goals @ 41/50 (1.82)
Both Teams to Score: Yes @ 7/10 (1.70)
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Real Betis to Win or Draw
Russia can be a daunting place to visit and Real Betis will be well aware of the challenge Zenit St. Petersburg. Sergei Semak’s men are unbeaten in 13 outings, drawing seven times and winning on six occasions. Betis’ form is right up there with seven wins in their last nine outings. We expect them to take this form to the Gazprom Arena and get something out of the fixture. Given their rivals tendency to draw fixtures and their own ability to get over the line against all and sundry, the double chance is a good bet that can come out true.
Over 2.5 Goals
Goals have been the currency Zenit and Betis have been dealing with in recent weeks. Both sides have seen four of their last five outings conclude with Over 2.5 total goals. Zenit has scored 11 goals in this period, while the Andalusians have 14 strikes to their name. With both sides preferring attack over defence, expect a high scoring affair in this early Europa League kick-off.
Both Teams to Score: Yes
While their respective attackers have been busy troubling their rivals, both Sergei Semak and Manuel Pellegrini have failed to address their defensive woes. Zenit has conceded four goals while Betis have allowed six into their net. Both sides have seen BTTS come true in three of their last five outings and we expect that trend to continue.
Zenit vs Real Betis Fixture Preview
Zenit St Petersburg
Semak saw Zenit earn their eight league title and will want to put his name in the history books with their first European trophy. The Russians have been knocking to bring the trophy home but have their advances spurned. They have had so many draws in their recent outings and it remains to be seen whether they can hold their own in the first leg.
Zenit will want to get over Real Betis, who will surely prefer Europa League over securing Champions League placement through league placement. Neither is guaranteed and with Sevilla making their mark in the competition, will want honours in the lesser-known UEFA competition. Spanish clubs have dominated the competition and Betis will want to be the latest Andalusian club with European honours in their ranks.
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FAQ about Zenit vs Real Betis
When is the kick-off time? The match will be played on February 17, at 18:45 GMT.
Where is the game being played? Gazprom Arena.
Where is the game being televised? Max Sport, Sport TV (Por), SuperSport, and Viaplay.