Fenerbahce vs Zenit
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 12 February 2019
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
What a… mood spoiler Friday’s match was for Fenerbahce… They had two wins in a row in Turkey’s championship, having scored a total of five goals, but absolutely everything went wrong for them at Kayserispor on Friday. Seconds before the end of the first half, they lost Soldado to a direct red card. Even playing 10 vs 11, they stayed in the match until the 87th minute, when the hosts took the lead. The only thing that changed before the final whistle was the… number of Fener’s players on the pitch, as they had a second guy sent-off. Their recent victories lifted them out of the relegation zone, but they remain very close, within striking distance, actually, from the first team below the relegation line.
Fenerbahce are fighting to avoid relegation in Turkey, while Zenit are leading in Russia’s championship. On the other hand, Fener have been playing competitive matches for three weeks now, after the short winter break, while Zenit haven’t played an official match since mid December. The break in Russia starts earlier, and ends later, so they had to settle for friendly games, against rivals that are… not in Europe’s elite (to put it tactfully, with all due respect to their opponents these last two weeks). Zenit had a good, overall, group stage, winning three games, drawing in two, and losing one. Fener won two, lost two, and drew in their other two group matches.
Previous five matches:
Kayserispor vs Fenerbahce 1-0
Fenerbahce vs Göztepe 2-0
Fenerbahce vs Yeni Malatyaspor 3-2
Fenerbahce vs Ümraniyespor 0-1
Bursaspor vs Fenerbahce 1-1
Sarpsborg vs Zenit 1-2
Zenit vs Dudelange 0-0
Elche vs Zenit 0-2
Rostov vs Zenit 0-5
Zenit vs Spartak Moscow 0-3
Fener are hosting Konyaspor on Saturday (Turkey championship). Zenit’s next game is the return leg of this tie next week, at home.
Fenerbahce vs Zenit: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Fenerbahce vs Zenit: Prediction
It’s hard to… guess what a team will look like after spending two whole months without playing a single official match, but deep down, I trust Zenit to leave Istanbul undefeated.
Fenerbahce vs Zenit: Betting Tips
Zenit’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.00, with their double chance low, at 1.57. If you find this, their double chance combined with “under 3.5 goals is at 1.93.