Thursday 14 Mar

Villarreal vs. Zenit Match Preview

13 Mar 2019 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Knockout stage

Villarreal CF

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W


20:00 GMT
14 March 2019

Zenit St Petersburg

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

20:00 GMT 14 March 2019

The Villarreal vs. Zenit match will be played on Thursday, March 14, at the Ceramica Stadium, Villarreal. This the second leg of Europa League best of 16 phase. In the first leg played in St. Petersburg, Villarreal celebrated a 3:1 victory.


  • Villarreal recorded two wins in their last two matches. Prior to this period, they recorded only two victories in a series of 15 matches in all competitions!
  • Zenit was defeated only twice in their last nine matches in all competitions, both times in Europa League. In four out of their last six matches we saw over 2.5 goals.


These teams played three head to head matches so far. In 2008, they met in Europa League as well and both teams recorded a home victory. In St. Petersburg the result was 1:0, while in Villarreal, the result was 2:1.


After a victory against Levante, Villarreal finally climbed up the table and exited relegation zone, for the first time after two months. In 27 matches, they celebrated only five wins in La Liga, which is their worst score in the last decade. However, they performed much better in Europa League - they eliminated Sporting Lisbon in the previous round and they are almost in quarterfinals, after a great win in Russia against Zenit. It is hard to expect that Villarreal might lose this huge advantage, but we had seen similar situations in this season, so they will have to be extra careful.

Latest matches: Villarreal CF

10.03.2019 LaLi Levante UD Villarreal CF 0:2 W
07.03.2019 UEFA Zenit St Petersburg Villarreal CF 1:3 W
02.03.2019 LaLi Villarreal CF CD Alaves 1:2 L
24.02.2019 LaLi Atletico Madrid Villarreal CF 2:0 L
21.02.2019 UEFA Villarreal CF Sporting CP 1:1 D


After 19 matches in Russian Premier League, Zenit is first on the table with five-point advantage over Krasnodar. They had big ambitions in Europa League as well, but Villarreal was too good for them in the first match. Zenit won't fly a white flag in Villarreal, and they hope for a miracle. We'll see if it happens or not.

Latest matches: Zenit St Petersburg

10.03.2019 Prem Zenit St Petersburg FC Ufa 2:1 W
07.03.2019 UEFA Zenit St Petersburg Villarreal CF 1:3 L
02.03.2019 Prem FC Ural Yekaterinburg Zenit St Petersburg 0:1 W
21.02.2019 UEFA Zenit St Petersburg Fenerbahce 3:1 W
12.02.2019 UEFA Fenerbahce Zenit St Petersburg 1:0 L


Villarreal is a favorite to win this match as well. We believe that we will see over 2.5 goals.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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