Now the time has come. The Europa League and the Champions League have come together. From now on marching in lockstep. After this week, it is clear who belongs to the eight best teams in each competition. The goal of the eight remaining teams is the National Stadium in Baku on 29 May.
Because then the successor of Atletico Madrid is chosen. Spain squads have always been a hot tip to the title in recent decades. Also this year three teams from the highest Spanish league are represented: Sevilla, Valencia and just Villarreal. In this analysis, we are dealing with the encounter between Villarreal and Zenit St. Petersburg in order to create a good prediction combined with a lucrative tip.
Europa League Tips Villarreal vs Zenit St. Petersburg
We are expecting an extremely exciting encounter. Not exciting in terms of who moves to the next round, but exciting in terms of how serious the favorite from Spain will take this game. Because the starting position of both teams could not be more different. The team from the Russian metropolis has just awakened from hibernation and could therefore be underestimated a bit. In the league they are not wrong in the first place and made already in the 1/16 finals for a small surprise. The hosts from Spain, however, fight in the national championship solely for the league. The European League, so it was thought so far, certainly has a much lower significance. But doubters showed the team of coach Callejon, at least on a European level, his true fighter heart. Kick-off at the Estadio de la Cerámica is at 21:00 on the Thursday.
Villarreal – Statistics & Current Form
For the club Villarreal CF it is running really well in the Europa League. This was confirmed once more last week. Villarreal was a guest in Saint Petersburg. In the first leg of this eighth final, the yellow U-boats in Piter worked out a comfortable 3-1 away win. Nevertheless, the focus should not be lost, because the international competitions have always been good for breathtaking surprises.
As good as it is in the Europa League (the group stage finished Villarreal even in first place), the more difficult to do the yellow submarines in the Spanish LaLiga. The club from Castellon reminds a little of the AS Monaco from the French Ligue 1: big name, miserable results, relegation battle. Due to the success last weekend (2-0 against Levante) Villarreal could leave the relegation zone for the time being.
The question that probably sets every sport weather the most is how seriously Villarreal takes this Europa League. Judging by the results, probably very seriously. However, if you take a look at different games, it quickly becomes apparent that in the European competition often only a better B-Elf ran aground. Relegation is certainly the number one priority. Who wants to blame them? All the more surprising are the good results. To win in St. Petersburg 3-1, not many teams succeeded. Although it is probably just a phrasing, but perhaps there is a little more truth in it than one says: “Spanish clubs take the Europa League more serious than any other nation in Europe.” The countless victories, final and semi-final indentions of recent years confirm this. Because, honestly, who would really resent Villarreal, silently and secretly leaving the Europa League to concentrate fully on the relegation battle in La Liga? The bookmakers believe that Villarreal’s win over Zenit St. Petersburg is more likely to be a success for the away team.
Expected formation of Villarreal:
➟ Andres Fernandez – Miguelon, Alvaro, Victor Ruiz, Jaume Costa – Ra. Funes Mori – Samu, Manu Morlanes, Iborra, Pablo Fornals – Gerard
Last matches of Villarreal:
⚽ 10.03.2019 – Levante Vs. Villarreal 0-2 (La Liga)
⚽ 07.03.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Villarreal 1: 3 (Europa League)
⚽ 02.03.2019 – Villarreal vs. Alaves 1: 2 (La Liga)
⚽ 24.02.2019 – Atletico Madrid Vs. Villarreal 2: 0 (La Liga)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Villarreal vs. Sporting Lisbon 1: 1 (Europa League)
Zenit St. Petersburg – Statistics & Current Form
That Zenit St. Petersburg is still represented in the competition, still has a bland aftertaste. Although the investigation was stopped after the memorable 8-1 victory against Minsk, but the suspicion of betting manipulation is still in the room. But what happened? In the Europa League qualification Zenit lost the first leg in Minsk 0: 4. In the second leg, the Russians then led after just under 70 minutes with 2: 0, as St. Petersburg lost a player by a yellow-red card. Nevertheless, they made up the overall balance until the end of regular time. In extra time, Zenit seemed to be eliminated, as Minsk scored the probably decisive away goal to make it 1: 4 after just under 100 minutes.
From the 109th minute St. Petersburg could not be stopped. Four more goals were scored. Peter Lustig would put it in a nutshell as follows: “Sounds weird, it’s like that.”
The first leg against Villarreal lost the men of Sergey Semak highly deserved with 1: 3. Villarreal fired more than twice as many shots on goal and was in nearly 60% of the season in possession of the round leather. Consequently, Zenit must shoot at least three goals in Villarreal to have even the chance of at least one extension. That this can not be ruled out to 100%, the statistics of the Russian first league. Zenit St Petersburg is the best away team and has the second best storm. For Zenit also speak the much fluctuating performance of today’s hosts. Villarreal has never won two home games in a row this season.
Unfortunately, Sergey Semak will miss Aleksandr Erokhin. The midfielder Allrounder is one of the key players in the midfield of Zenit. He is universally applicable and one of the most consistent performers. Nonetheless, we believe Piter is strong enough to give the relegation-threatened Spaniards a hard task. At Villarreal vs Zenit St. Petersburg, therefore, a tip on at least one draw would be quite possible.
Expected formation of Zenit St. Petersburg:
➟ Lunev – Smolnikov, Ivanovic, Rakitskiy, Nabiullin – Mak, Ozdoev, Barrios, Kuzyaev – Azmoun, Dzyuba
Last matches of Zenit St. Petersburg:
⚽ 10.03.2019 – Zenit St Petersburg vs. FC Ufa 2: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 07.03.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Villarreal 1: 3 (Europa League)
⚽ 02.03.2019 – FC Ural vs. Zenit St Petersburg 0: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 21.02.2019 – Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Fenerbahce 3: 1 (Europa League)
⚽ 12.02.2019 – Fenerbahce vs. Zenit St Petersburg 1: 0 (Europa League)
Villarreal vs Zenit St. Petersburg Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Villarreal and Zenit St. Petersburg will not meet for the second time in Spain on Thursday night. In the 2007/08 season, it came in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League for this meeting. The Russian top club retained the upper hand thanks to the away goals rule. After a 1-0 home victory in Russia, the Russians fixed in Spain despite a 1: 2 defeat and could even subsequently celebrate the title victory in the UEFA Europa League. Thus, it stands in the overall balance 2: 1 for Villarreal.
Villarreal vs Zenit St. Petersburg Football Betting Tips Explained
The round of 16 knockout between Villarreal and Zenit St. Petersburg has probably already gone, according to the bookies. With a 1: 3 mortgage, this is not surprising. Who wants to give a tip on the progress of the Russians at Villarreal vs Zenit St. Petersburg, offers odds of over 30.00 offered. For that reason, the look should actually be directed only to the game exit. Will Zenit possibly make a draw or even a narrow victory?
Key facts – Villarreal vs. Zenit St. Petersburg tips
➟ Villarreal might want to save forces for the league with a comfortable cushion.
➟ Zenit St. Petersburg is currently dominating Russian football and is the best away team with the second best attack.
➟ Villarreal has been unbeaten in nine league games in nine league games.
The Spaniards can look back on a great record in the UEFA Europa League. Whole nine games in a row, the yellow submarine is already unbeaten. However, it is statistically proven that clubs with a great leadership as a cushion in the second leg often do not call the full capacity. On top of that, maybe a few grains should be saved for the relegation battle in La Liga. Should Villarreal only compete with an improved B-Elf again, Zenit will be able to do even a small surprise. In this regard, the value in the match between Villarreal and Zenit St. Petersburg is more likely to be found on a tip on an X2. A deployment of five units is justified.
Insider Tips: Double Chance X2