Zenit Petersburg – Celtic : Preview & Prediction
Zenit and Celtic meet on Thursday at 18:00 at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg in the second leg of the Europa League 16-game second leg. The Scottish side are ahead on the play-offs after winning their first-leg 1-0 win at Glasgow. After a first half without goals and without great opportunities, Celtic managed to reach the goal in the 78th minute, through McGregor, who confirmed the greater domain of his team. Over the weekend, Celtic were no more than a draw at zero at St. Johnstone, but still retained the lead in the Scottish league, nine points clear of second place. Zenit have not played since the Russian championship is standing at the usual winter break. The Russian team, which is led by Roberto Mancini, is in second place in the league, and is one of the most gifted and qualified teams in local football. We have no doubt that, playing against their fans, and with very low temperatures, the Russians will have some advantage, which will certainly be translated into the field. We anticipate a Zenit triumph.
Zenit have won four of the last five games as visited.
Celtic have lost two of their last five away games.
The low temperatures that will be felt at the time of the game.
The individual and collective quality of the Russian ensemble.
Zenit is one of the main forces of Russian football and despite being in its usual winter break, having been almost two months without competition, this does not detract from its quality. Playing in their stadium, against a Scottish formation that is traditionally stronger when playing at home, the Russians should win.
Zenit Petersburg – Celtic : Betting Tips
Zenit Petersburg – Win Odds: 1.75
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70