Zenit vs FC Copenhagen
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
Three weeks ago, Zenit visited Bordeaux, a team that had no point from their first three matches in the group. The Russian side had to settle for a point, they became the first team in the group to drop points against Bordeaux, but they remained first in the table, three points ahead of third-placed FC Copenhagen. Back in September, they drew 1-1 in Denmark. In other words, if this game ends without goals, Zenit will be qualifying for the last-32 of the competition, regardless of what happens in two weeks, on the last day of the group stage. If they draw 1-1, things get complicated. If they lose, they get in serious trouble. Last weekend they beat Rostov 2-0 at home. They are leading in Russia’s championship, five points ahead of second-placed Krasnodar.
After losing 0-1 at home to Slavia Prague last month, that 0-0 in Czechia earlier in November wasn’t the best possible result for FC Copenhagen, but at least it kept them alive in the fight for a top-2 spot. They are on five points, two behind Slavia, and three behind Zenit. They have already lost one… battle, they have a disadvantage against Slavia if they finish level on points. In two weeks, they will be hosting Bordeaux. Their position in the table is tough, but things would change spectacularly for them if they earned a surprise victory in Russia. Last weekend they beat Midtjylland 2-1 at home, big win, as it left them alone at the top of the table in Denmark, three points off second-placed Midtjylland.
Previous five matches:
Zenit vs Rostov 2-0
CSKA Moscow vs Zenit 2-0
Bordeaux vs Zenit 1-1
Zenit vs Akhmat Grozny 1-0
Rostov vs Zenit 3-1
FC Copenhagen vs Midtjylland 2-1
Aalborg vs FC Copenhagen 1-1
Slavia Prague vs FC Copenhagen 0-0
Brøndby vs FC Copenhagen 0-1
Midtjylland vs FC Copenhagen 2-0
Zenit’s next game is at Arsenal Tula, on Monday (Russia championship). Copenhagen are visiting Horsens on Sunday (Denmark championship).
Zenit vs FC Copenhagen: Head to head Stats
Zenit haven’t hosted Copenhagen in an official game before.
Zenit vs FC Copenhagen: Prediction
Zenit have been super reliable at home since the start of the season. The only game they didn’t win, was a goalless draw with Spartak Moscow. Europa League, Russia championship, they have delivered on both fronts as hosts, and I expect them to do exactly that in this game as well.
Zenit vs FC Copenhagen: Betting Tips
Zenit’s win pays 1.70. For more than that, I would risk combining their victory with “over 2.5 goals”. Like that, it pays a much better 3.00.