Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St Petersburg
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
“Vardar Skopje” is a name it will take years and years for Fenerbahce fans to forget. Malmo’s fans as well. Vardar eliminated Malmo in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, before getting eliminated by FC Copenhagen in the third round. Fenerbahce had been… warned, they should know that this season’s Vardar is a more than half-decent team. The Skopje side won 2-0 at home, leaving the Turks with a mountain to climb back home. They couldn’t. Vardar won again(!!), 2-1, writing history. Last weekend they beat Sileks 3-1 at home, and now have six points from three matches in their local championship.
Zenit definitely underperformed in the qualifiers, playing with fire in both rounds. They won 2-0 at Bnei Yehuda, but somehow managed to lose 1-0 in St Petersburg. Then, in the playoffs, they lost 1-0 at Utrecht, and only managed a 1-0 win back home, in regular time. It took them extra time and a second goal there, to secure group stage football this season. Last weekend they drew 0-0 at Dinamo Moscow, their second straight goalless draw in Russia’s Premier League. Despite dropping four points in their last two games, they are sitting first in the table, on 21 points from nine matches, one point higher than second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow.
Previous 5 matches:
Vardar vs Sileks 3-1
Lokomotiva vs Vardar 1-4
Fenerbahce vs Vardar 1-2
Vardar vs Pobeda 4-0
Vardar vs Fenerbahce 2-0
Dinamo Moscow vs Zenit 0-0
Zenit vs Rostov 0-0
Zenit vs Utrecht 2-0
Amkar Perm vs Zenit 0-1
Utrecht vs Zenit 1-0
Vardar’s next game is on Sunday against FK Skopje. A day later, Zenit will be hosting Ufa (Russia Premier League).
Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St Petersburg: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St Petersburg: Prediction
Given how both teams did in the qualifiers, I feel Zenit’s win at 1.44 is almost a joke, and I’m happily risking betting against them. Obviously they have a far superior roster, they are first in Russia’s championship, but I repeat, based on how both teams did in the qualifiers, giving them such a huge advantage to win away from home a team that beat Fenerbahce twice, is something I can’t play along.
Vardar Skopje vs Zenit St Petersburg: Betting Tips
Vardar’s double chance pays 2.70, and I definitely prefer it to Zenit’s win at 1.44.
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