Real Sociedad vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 7 December 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Real Sociedad have every reason to feel that they have… done their duty in this group stage, getting all the good results they were expected to get, and losing at that one stadium where it was… ok to lose. They have 12 points from five matches, having lost at Zenit, 3-1, a loss no one can really blame them for, given whom they were facing, and where. Two weeks ago they beat Rosenborg 1-0 in Norway, thanks to an added-time goal. They have already qualified, and to finish first they need to beat Zenit. A draw won’t be enough. Last weekend they lost 2-1 at Atletico Madrid, despite taking the lead in the first half, and staying 1-0 up until the 68th minute. Even with two minutes remaining in the game they were still earning a point, but a late Griezmann goal left them empty-handed. They are 9th in LaLiga.
Zenit were 2-0 up by halftime two weeks ago when they hosted Vardar, leaving me with the impression that my “Zenit and over 3.5 goals” tip was… on track. They kept pushing for more goals, but it just didn’t happen. What did happen was a Vardar goal in added time. Zenit have dropped just two points in this group campaign, at Rosenborg (1-1!), meaning that they are first, and will remain there as long as they leave San Sebastian undefeated. Last weekend they beat Ural 2-1, bouncing back from their 3-1 loss to Spartak Moscow a week earlier. That defeat in Moscow cost them in Russia’s Premier League, since it made the gap between them and leaders Lokomotiv Moscow even bigger, six points. There are more than 10 game weeks left though.
Previous five matches:
Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad 2-1
Real Sociedad vs Lleida Esportiu 2-3
Real Sociedad vs Las Palmas 2-2
Rosenborg vs Real Sociedad 0-1
Girona vs Real Sociedad 1-1
Zenit vs Ural 2-1
Spartak Moscow vs Zenit 3-1
Zenit vs Vardar 2-1
Zenit vs Tosno 5-0
Rubin Kazan’ vs Zenit 0-0
Real Sociedad’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Malaga (Spain LaLiga). A day later, Zenit will be visiting Akhmat Grozny (Russia Premier League).
Real Sociedad vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Head to head Stats
The game earlier this season was the first ever between these two.
Real Sociedad vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Prediction
Both teams have scored a lot, but mostly against lowly Vardar. Both have looked solid defensively, so I don’t really expect more than two goals. As for winners and losers, I’ll be surprised if Zenit lose.
Real Sociedad vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Betting Tips
Zenit’s double chance pays 1.78. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.60 betting odds. “Under 2.5 goals” is at 2,00.
More UEFA Europa League betting tips and match previews:
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