Villarreal vs Zenit St Petersburg Preview

Villarreal vs Zenit St Petersburg

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Estadio de la Cerámica

Date: 14th March 2019

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Villarreal will be looking to build on their impressive 3-1 win over Zenit in the first leg as they look to reach the quarterfinals of the Europa League despite their struggles in La Liga.

The Spaniards are currently just a point above the relegation zone after winning 2-0 away to Levante at the weekend.

Their current position in the league table is a far cry from when they almost qualified for the Champions League last season and they will be hoping that this game doesn’t require as much energy as their relegation battlE will after the first leg result.

Zenit are currently top of the Russian league table by 5 points after 19 matches played.

The visitors have also been impressive in the Europa League this season, however, they under-performed in the first leg at home and need to win this game 3-0 or by 3 clear goals with any scoreline which is not an ideal position to be in.

Zenit had been on a run of two straight wins before their loss in the first leg and have won 3 of their last 4 games in all competitions, but they haven’t won an away game in their last 3 visits in the Europa League.

Bookmakers have priced Villarreal up as steady favourites to come out on top in this second leg and progress to the last 8 of the Europa League.

Goal markets point a lively game as over 2.5 goals is currently trading odds-on while Carlos Bacca is clear favourite to score the opening goal of the game closely followed by Moreno Gerard.

This game gets underway at 20:00 BST.

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