Anderlecht made a big step towards the knockout stages of the Europa League by beating himself (2-0) in front of his public last Thursday. However, Les Mauves will have to be vigilant at the Petrovskiy Stadium, the stronghold of a Zenit who has become accustomed to correcting everyone at home on the European stage. Much too timid in Belgium on their return to competition, the Russians will want to enjoy this return match in St. Petersburg to ideally launch their second part of the season. Perfectly contained by the Belgian defense a week earlier, will the infernal duo offensive Dzyuba – Kokorin be more successful?
Prognosis points for Zenit Anderlecht
Zenit has won 12 of its last 13 Europa League games played in front of the crowd.
The Russians had not played in an official match for two months before going to Belgium and will certainly have found a rhythm at the time of return.
Anderlecht were beaten by Olympiakos (1-0) in the second leg of the round of 16 last year, before claiming their qualifying after extra time. The Belgians then bowed twice before Shakhtar in 8th (3-1, 0-1).
Zenit Anderlecht – Our prediction
Playing in Russia at this time of year is still infernal. Beaten 2-0 in Belgium, Zenit knows he still has a good chance of changing everything on his lands. Faced with a Belgian club often fragile far from its bases and who might be a little too tempted to go into management mode, Dzyuba, Kokorin or other Giuliani will not pass by their meeting. Victory of the Russians.