Both Russian clubs in the 1/8 LE fell to the rivals of Spain. And Zenit in the first part of his opposition will take Villarreal. Whether wards of Semak at home to defeat the team of Javier Kalihi? The largest bookmakers think it is.
After a Frank failure in RPL last season (fifth place) St. Petersburg with new forces rushed into the title race since the beginning of the current season. And before an exit from winter break, they are leading with a margin of one point from Krasnodar and four points from CSKA Moscow. And let's not forget that the Zenith point has increased, closing the problematic position during the transfer window.
In LE "blue-white-Blue" also feel quite comfortable. In any case, recall that they have already won this tournament. However, in 2008. But now not about it. In the current Europa League Zenit first won their group (if not the strongest) and in February (albeit with difficulty) out of 1/16 finals Fenerbahce with a total score of 3:2. And while the team Semak is gaining shape after the holidays.
But "Yellow submarine" runs the risk of leaving La Liga in the season. Last spring, Villarreal finished fifth. And after twenty five rounds hanging from the bottom of the table. All four victories during this period of the championship. And eleven draws and ten defeats. As a result, eighteenth place...
At the same time, Villarreal knocked out sporting CP from 1/16 LE. It is possible that the Spanish forces will throw at the European Cup. But let's be honest – the Europa League they still not win.
All obvious, isn't it? Our forecast – a victory of Zenit. It is unlikely that the team Sergey Semak will leave the fate of vouchers in the quarter-finals on away game.
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