Villarreal and Zenit will clash on Thursday at El Madrigal in Spain. It will be the second leg of their 1/8 final meeting in Europa League. Villarreal hold two goal lead from the first game in Russia and will count on their defense to limit the chances for the visitors to minimum. Zenit need to score at least three goals in order to progress to the next stage, as even 2:0 win will not be enough because of the away goal rule.
Villarreal vs Zenit Head to Head
|Head to Head||Last H2H game||Last H2H games||Last H2H games home/away|
|Villarreal||Win||2 W/ 0 D/ 1 L||1 W/ 0 D/ 0 L|
|Zenit||Loss||1 W/ 0 D/ 2 L||0 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
Last game between the teams: 07.03.2019 Zenit – Villarreal 1:3; Serdar Azmoun 35′; Vicente Iborra 33′, Gerard Moreno 64′, Manu Morlanes 71′
Last game at this venue: 21.02.2008 Villarreal – Zenit 2:1; Guillermo Franco 75′, Jon Dahl Tomasson 90′; Pavel Pogrebnyak 31′; Roman Shirokov and Radek Sirl from the visitors were sent off with straight red cards in the 47th and 82nd munites.
Worth mentioning: Villarreal managed to gain a valuable 3:1 away victory in the first leg and will look to finish the job in Spain. Vengeance might be on the cards here, as both teams have history in a previous edition of the competition. Back in 2008 Zenit eliminated their Spanish counterparts in the 1/16 final stage, after a narrow win 1:0 in Russia and a 2:1 loss in the return leg, but thanks to the away goal rule went trough. Villarreal have met Russian team four times at home and hold a perfect record of four victories. Zenit won in their last two trips to Spain.
Villarreal vs Zenit Stats
|As of 13.03||Last game||Last 10 games||Last 5 games home/away|
|Villarreal||Win||4 W/ 3 D/ 3 L||1 W/ 3 D/ 1 L|
|Zenit||Win||6 W/ 1 D/ 3 L||4 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
Last game Villarreal: 10.03.2019 Levante – Villarreal 0:2; Reber 90′ (own goal), Samuel Chukwueze 90′
Last game Zenit: 10.03.2019 Zenit – Ufa 2:1; Serdar Azmoun 30′, Emiliano Rigoni 34′; Catalin Carp 25′
Top performers Villarreal: Santi Cazorla 4 goals 6 assists, Carlos Bacca 4 goals 1 asist, Karl Toko Ekambi 4 goals.
Top performers Zenit: Serdar Azmoun 6 goals 4 assists, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Erokhin are on 5 goals and 3 assists each.
|Last 10 games||GF : GA||Over 2,5 goals||Goal / Goal||Clean sheets|
Worth mentioning: Just two of Villarreal last five games featured over 2,5 goals, while three meetings witnessed goals scored at both ends. The Yellow Submarine have scored in each of their last fifteen home games. Four of the last five games at El Madrigal saw both teams hitting the back of the nets, while three encounters produced over 2,5 goals.
The omens are not good for Zenit, who have never scored more than one goal in their Europa League knockout stage away games. On top of that the Russian side have lost ten out of eleven two legged meetings in the competition.
Villarreal vs Zenit News
Missing players Villarreal: Daniele Bonera and Manuel Trigueros will miss the game. Bruno Soriano and Javi Fuego are under question.
Missing players Zenit: Alexander Kokorin is out. Claudio Marchisio and Aleksandr Erokhin are doubtful.
Villarreal vs Zenit Predictions
Under 2,5 goals – 2.00 @ bet365
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