Zenit St Petersburg vs Rosenborg Preview

Zenit St Petersburg vs Rosenborg

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Arena St Petersburg

Date: 19th October 2017

Kick-off time – 18:00 GMT

Zenith host Rosenborg after a solid start to their European campaign which has seen them win two of their last two group games, scoring 8 goals and conceding just one in the process.

They have slumped in their local league recently even though they remain top of the league.

They come into this game off the back of a 0-1 loss to Arsenal Tula but we expect them to bounce back with a win in this encounter.

Before that loss to Arsenal Tula, they were on a 6 games unbeaten run at home winning five of those matches convincingly.

Their last European game against Real Sociedad finished well as they bagged a 3-1 win but they struggled at some points in that game and the likes of Aleksandr Kokorin and Emiliano Rogoni will be looking to pull them through this game again.

Rosenborg have had a good if not unspectacular campaign in their league so far.

They are 12 points clear at the summit after 25 league games but they are not a team you can bank on when they play away from home.

They lost their last away game 4-0 at Real Sociedad and it is hard to see them improving rapidly as they visit Russia in this encounter.

Rosenborg are an attacking side and they should  continue with that attacking system in this game as there have been 3 or more goals in 5 of their last 6 games so far.

Zenit have also seen the same number of goals in five of their last 7.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Zenit St Petersburg 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Anzhi Makhachkala 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg Oct 1, 2017 Russian Premier League
W Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 Real Sociedad Sep 28, 2017 UEFA Europa League
W Krasnodar 0-2 Zenit St Petersburg Sep 24, 2017 Russian Premier League
W Zenit St Petersburg 3-0 FC Ufa Sep 18, 2017 Russian Premier League
W Vardar 0-5 Zenit St Petersburg Sep 14, 2017 UEFA Europa League

Rosenborg

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Rosenborg 1-1 Sarpsborg FK Oct 1, 2017 Norwegian Eliteserien
W Rosenborg 3-1 Vardar Sep 28, 2017 UEFA Europa League
W Lillestrom 0-3 Rosenborg Sep 24, 2017 Norwegian Eliteserien
W Rosenborg 3-0 Valerenga Sep 17, 2017 Norwegian Eliteserien
L Real Sociedad 4-0 Rosenborg Sep 14, 2017 UEFA Europa League

 

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