Bordeaux vs Zenit
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 November 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Two weeks ago I backed Bordeaux to earn a draw in Saint Petersburg, but they lost 2-1, despite taking the lead in the first half, and being at 1-1 until the 85th minute. Looking at how the game went, they are rather right to believe they deserved something better. They finished the match on 16 attempts, while Zenit had just nine. Four of Bordeaux’s 16 attempts were on target. Zenit had three, and two went in. All in all, the French side seemed to be doing enough to earn at least a point in Russia, but… Not that a single point would have made a big difference in the group table; they are at the bottom of it, still without a point(!). Second-placed Slavia Prague are on six, and even FC Copenhagen are on four, so Bordeaux’s mission in the three remaining matches feels close to impossible. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at Lyon, their first positive result after three consecutive defeats. They are just 11th in the Ligue 1.
Daler Kuzyaev’s goal in the 85th minute two weeks ago, turned Zenit into top favorites to finish in the top-2. They are on seven points, the only undefeated team among the four. Third-placed FC Copenhagen are three points behind them, and Zenit are hosting the Danish side in three weeks. Ever since that 2-1 over Bordeaux, they got eliminated by Rostov in Russia’s Cup, but they did win both games in the championship. They are leading there, on 31 points from 13 matches, seven points ahead of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow. It’s worth noting that they have now lost three of their last four games on the road.
Previous five matches:
Lyon vs Bordeaux 1-1
Bordeaux vs Nice 0-1
Zenit vs Bordeaux 2-1
Montpellier vs Bordeaux 2-0
Bordeaux vs Nantes 3-0
Zenit vs Akhmat Grozny 1-0
Rostov vs Zenit 3-1
Krylya Sovetov vs Zenit 0-1
Zenit vs Bordeaux 2-1
Dinamo Moscow vs Zenit 1-0
Bordeaux’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Caen (France Ligue 1). Same day, Zenit will be visiting CSKA Moscow (Russia championship).
Bordeaux vs Zenit: Head to head Stats
Bordeaux have never hosted Zenit before.
Bordeaux vs Zenit: Prediction
Bordeaux have major ups and downs, even at home. They are considered slight favorites to win the game, but… with this team, it’s really hard to trust them. To make things even tougher, they are hosting another unreliable team, no matter if Zenit are leading in Russia’s championship. Their away record is way less than stellar. All things considered, I’m leaving winners and losers aside, and I’m betting on goals.
Bordeaux vs Zenit: Betting Tips
“Both teams to score” is at 1.80, and combined with “over 2.5 goals” it pays considerably better, 2.30.