Zenit vs Vardar
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 23 November 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
After winning their first three games, getting stuck to that 1-1 draw at Rosenborg three weeks ago was kind of unexpected, but not a real cause for concern for Zenit, since they have already qualified for the last 32 of the competition, even if they lose their two remaining matches. The fact that they are hosting a team that have already conceded 17 goals in four games, that they have already beaten 5-0 away from home, plus, their 5-0 over Tosno just a few days ago, all these together, promise a very entertaining game to those who will go to the stadium or just watch it on TV/online. Domestically, Zenit are second, three points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia’s Premier League. It should be noted that their 5-0 over Tosno last weekend was their first win after three draws and a loss in all competitions.
At this point, Vardar’s realistic target can be only one: avoid another humiliation. They have already lost 5-0 at home to Zenit, 6-0 to Real Sociedad (again, at home), they have conceded three goals each in their other two defeats to Rosenborg and Real Sociedad (in San Sebastian), they have scored just one goal in the group, so… I repeat, the way things are, the best they can hope for at this point, is to avoid getting humiliated again in their two remaining matches. After their 3-0 defeat in the Basque Country three weeks ago, they went on to win all three games in their championship. They are sitting second in the table, 11 whole points behind Shkendija, but they have two games in hand, so that gap could be closed by half.
Previous five matches:
Zenit vs Tosno 5-0
Rubin Kazan’ vs Zenit 0-0
Rosenborg vs Zenit 1-1
Zenit vs Lokomotiv Moscow 0-3
CSKA Moscow vs Zenit 0-0
Vardar vs Pelister 1-0
Renova vs Vardar 2-5
Vardar vs Skopje 3-0
Real Sociedad vs Vardar 3-0
Sileks vs Vardar 0-0
Zenit’s next game is on Monday, at Spartak Moscow (Russia Premier League). A day earlier Vardar will be hosting Akademija Pandev.
Zenit vs Vardar: Head to head Stats
Their game earlier this season, was the first ever between these two.
Zenit vs Vardar: Prediction
Just a few days after scoring five past Tosno in Russia’s championship, Zenit should be expected to score maybe as much against Vardar, matching the five they netted in Skopje, back in September.
Zenit vs Vardar: Betting Tips
Zenit’s win doesn’t pay more than 1.12. Combined with “over 3.5 goals” though, it goes up to a decent 1.83.
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