Olympiacos (@1.2) vs Zenit St Petersburg (@4.33)
18-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Olympiacos will win

Olympiacos – Zenit St Petersburg Match Prediction | 18-10-2019 14:30

The Norwegian side have scored in eight of their last 10 away matches in this competition, but can they land a blow away to Zenit? While the hosts racked up the goals in the last game, they havent looked entirely solid at home. They come in to Thursdays play-off clash with a single clean sheet in their last six home matches in this competition, so dont write off an impact from the Molde forwards.

They hit another four in the added 30 minutes to record an 8-1 win, progressing 8-5 on aggregate. Zenit must strike fear in to opponents on that form, especially a side like Molde. After their first leg defeat, the Russians hit four to force the tie to extra time. Zenit had no such trouble on Sunday, as they beat Ural 4-1 to continue their perfect start to the Russian Premier League campaign. That followed up an incredible 120 minutes of action on the previous Thursday, as Zenit turned around a 4-0 deficit against Dinamo Minsk.

A defensive display like that in Russia could be a disaster, given how impressive Zenit were in their last European clash. They finished on a high, and now Molde have to be wary ahead of this trip. The visitors were able to hold out in their last European away trip, getting a 0-0 draw at Hibs, before a 3-0 home win took them through. However, they didnt look that solid on Sunday, as they lost 3-1 away to Stabaek in the Eliteserien.

Unsurprisingly, they failed to find the net in that game. They did draw away to Anderlecht, though considering that the Belgian side never looked like making it through to the knockouts, that point isnt worth bragging about. In contrast, Fenerbahce were poor away from home during the groups. On that occasion they offered very little going forward, as they recorded a measly 0.33 expected goals for. The Turkish outfit lost heavily away against Zagreb (and deservedly so), while they also lost away against minnows Spartak Trnava.

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Theyre unlikely to win in high-scoring fashion, though if they defend stoutly, much as they did at this venue against the likes of Bordeaux and Copenhagen during the groups, they can get the job done. All things considered, backing a narrow home win by being on Zenit to Win & Under 3.5 Goals is the way to go. If they can continue to give little away on their own patch, then Zenit can edge themselves back into this tie.

Their impressive attacking form is what they need to bridge the gap between these two after the first meeting, but the task for Molde will be holding Zenit at bay. The hosts come in to this game as massive outsiders, so they bookies arent exactly backing their hopes of a comeback. Theyve claimed four straight wins at home in the Europa League, scoring 12 times across those matches. Molde have been on an awful run of form, but they have reason to believe that they can get back in the tie.

Zenit will have been disappointed to leave Turkey without scoring in defeat last week, though they only lost by a single goal, so theyre still very much in this tie. Having prevented Zenit from scoring, it is Thursdays visitors who have the upper hand, though theyll need to score on the road to press home their advantage.

This is certainly a tough trip for the Eliteserien outfit, who are looking to bounce back from a weekend defeat. They clash with Molde on Thursday night, after the Norwegian side dumped out Hibernian in the previous round. Zenit needed a massive turnaround to book their place in the final round of qualifiers in the Europa League, but can they continue that momentum? While the visitors outclassed Scottish opposition in the previous round, are they now out of their depth against the Russian giants?

Prior to the start of the knockout phase, Zenit won each of their three group matches at Saint Petersburg Stadium, scoring a modest four goals but conceding just one. All is certainly not lost for Thursdays hosts, who having restricted their opponents to minimal chances on the road, ought to fancy their chances of turning things around, especially since they were very good at home during the group stages. They didnt exactly dazzle going forward, but they were solid and surrendered an average of just 0.83 expected goals.

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They didnt exactly dazzle going forward, but they were solid and surrendered an average of just 0.83 expected goals. All is certainly not lost for Thursdays hosts, who having restricted their opponents to minimal chances on the road, ought to fancy their chances of turning things around, especially since they were very good at home during the group stages. Prior to the start of the knockout phase, Zenit won each of their three group matches at Saint Petersburg Stadium, scoring a modest four goals but conceding just one.

Were going with a high scoring encounter between these two, with over 2.5 goals our tip. They wont want the second leg pressure they had last time out, and fresh from a 4-1 home win they can certainly avoid that. With 24 goals in seven home matches in the Europa League, the Russians are certainly strong enough going forward to notch up the goals in this qualifier. Zenit have been made heavy favourites to take a first leg lead, and their price suggests this is going to be a comfortable win. However, on current form theres only one winner here.

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