Tonight, we witness Zenit St Petersburg’s first game in Turkey in almost 15 years. They haven’t graced Turkish soil since the UEFA Cup where they drew against Besiktas in the 2005/6 league. Needless to say, Zenit offers up the very best performances in their own league, where they stand in the top spot. Even though they haven’t managed to get a straight victory in 9 out of 10 matches away, Zenit will still prove a formidable opponent to Fenerbahçe in tonight’s battlegrounds. Fenerbahçe is currently in a mediocre middle spot in their own league, but that might not mean very much in the outcome. Check out our best Fenerbahce v Zenit Betting Tips.
This will be the second-ever match played against a Turkish team by Zenit, and the first-ever competitive match played between Zenit and Fenerbahçe.
Fenerbahçe has far more experience when it comes to playing with Russian teams, as they have played 8 matches that have yielded just two victories. Even though Fenerbahçe remains unbeaten at home this time around, they did manage to win only 2 of those games. Their performance has been inconsistent, so it’s hard to predict how they will get on tonight. The two losses suffered in this 8-string hasn’t done them any favours as well. On the other hand, Zenit hasn’t scored a goal away from home since 2017.
The truth of the matter is that both teams are very good at home and both share many similarities while playing away in Europe. What is certain, is that tonight’s match will be an absolute game-changer for both teams. The battle between the Russian and Turkish giants might even be the very best that the Europa League has to offer this season. Maybe not grade A football, but an uncertain and dramatic match.
Given into account many factors, chances are that Fenerbahçe will claim victory tonight. First off, they are on their home turf where they yet remain unbeaten. Fenerbahçe’s performance in the Europa League is still better than Zenit’s, even though it’s not pristine. Zenit hasn’t managed to win in their last 9 out of 10 EL matches, while Fenerbahçehave managed a handful of victories and draws. Also, luckily for them – the victories were on home turf. Another reminder should be that Fenerbahçe hasn’t lost to Russian opposition, and this is Zenit’s first-ever game in Turkey in more than a decade. Zenit is yet to claim a victory against a Turkish competitor, with their first UEFA 2005/6 match finishing with a draw.
A Unique Match Up
The Sucru Seracoglu stadium that hosts the match tonight is the home of one of the most loyal and supportive fanbases in the history of modern football. That fact alone contributes heaps to the many advantages Fenerbahçe already have upon their sleeve.
Will we be led by the fact Zenit exhibits bad performances in away games? Or by the fact, Fenerbahçe isn’t at the top of their league, while Zenit graces the first place in theirs? As mentioned before, tonight’s match is the first of its kind. It’s an absolute must-watch and footballing eye candy that is a must-see. This is a true den of uncertainty and possibly one of the best matches the Europa League has to offer.