Zenit will take on Villarreal on Thrusday in a first leg of their 1/8 final encounter of the Europa League. The Russian side overcame Fenerbahce with an aggregate score of 3:2, after a hard fought 3:1 victory in the second leg at home. Villarreal navigated their way past a tricky Sporting Lisbon test after a narrow win in Portugal and a 1:1 draw at home.
Zenit vs Villarreal Head to Head
|Head to Head||Last H2H game||Last H2H games||Last H2H games home/away|
|Zenit||Loss||1 W/ 0 D/ 1 L||1 W/ 0 D/ 0 L|
|Villarreal||Win||1 W/ 0 D/ 1 L||0 W/ 0 D/ 1 L|
Last game between the teams: 21.02.2008 Villarreal – Zenit Petersburg 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 47′ and 82′ respetively. Last game at this venue: 13.02.2008 Zenit Petersburg – Villarreal 1:0; Pavel Pogrebnyak 64’
Worth mentioning: The two teams have met once before and it was again in the Europa League knock-out stages. Back in 2008 the teams exchanged narrow home victories, but Zenit were able to score in Spain and thanks to the away goal rule progressed through. Eight Spanish clubs visited Petersburg this century to play with Zenit, but Real Madrid were the only ones who tasted victory.
Zenit vs Villarreal Stats
|As of 05.03||Last game||Last 10 games||Last 5 games home/away|
|Zenit||Win||5 W/ 1 D/ 4 L||1 W/ 1 D/ 3 L|
|Villarreal||Loss||2 W/ 4 D/ 4 L||1 W/ 1 D/ 3 L|
Last game Zenit Petersburg: 02.03.2019 Ural – Zenit Petersburg 0:1; Sardar Azmoun 42’
Last game Villarreal: 02.03.2019 Villarreal – Alaves 1:2; Santi Cazorla 61’; Gauillermo Maripan 54’, Takashi Inui 77’
Top performers Zenit Petersburg: Sardar Azmoun 5 goals 4 assists, Artem Dzyuba 5 goals 2 assist, Aleksandr Erokhin 5 goals 3 assist.
Top performers Villarreal: Santi Cazorla 4 goals 5 assists, Carlos Bacca 4 goals 1 assist, Karl Toko Ekambi 4 goals.
|Last 10 games||GF : GA||Over 2,5 goals||Goal / Goal||Clean sheets|
Worth mentioning: Zenit lost only one of their last seven outings, winning five in the process. In four of their last five games there were under 2,5 goals scored, while two meetings witnessed goals at both ends. Four of the last five home games featured over 2,5 goals and on three occasions both teams managed to score.
After going unbeaten in five games, Villarreal recorded back-to-back losses at the hands of Atletico Madrid and Alaves. Just two of their last five encounters produced over 2,5 goals, while also twice the games saw both teams hitting the back of the net. In their five recent visits Villarreal managed to score just two goals.
Zenit vs Villarreal News
Missing players Zenit Petersburg: Alexander Kokorin, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Erokhin.
Missing players Villarreal: Javi Fuego, Manu Trigueros, Daniele Bonera.
Zenit vs Villarreal Predictions
Zenit to win & under 2,5 goals – 3.75 @ bet365