Zenit St Petersburg
17:00 GMT 24 August 2017
The Zenit vs. Utrecht match will be played on Thursday, August 24, at the Petrovskiy Stadium, Sankt Peterburg. This is the second leg of Europa League playoff qualifying phase. In the first leg played in the Netherlands, Utrecht celebrated 1:0 victory.
Apart from the match they played in Utrecht last week, these teams haven't met in a competitive game in the past.
Head to head matches: Zenit St Petersburg - FC Utrecht
|16.08.2017||UEFA||FC Utrecht||Zenit St Petersburg||1:0|
Zenit started the season in Russian Premier League successfully. They are the current leader, with 19 points, three more than the second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, after seven matches played. However, they are not that good in the Europa League qualifiers. They eliminated Bnei Yehuda by 2:1 on aggregate in the previous round, but they suffered a 1:0 defeat at home in the second leg. Zenit will now have to overcome the deficit from the first match. They scored more than one goal in only two out of their last seven games in all competitions. Therefore, Zenit will face a difficult challenge in the upcoming match.
Latest matches: Zenit St Petersburg
|20.08.2017||Prem||FC Amkar Perm||Zenit St Petersburg||0:1||W|
|16.08.2017||UEFA||FC Utrecht||Zenit St Petersburg||1:0||L|
|13.08.2017||Prem||Zenit St Petersburg||RFK Terek Grozny||4:0||W|
|09.08.2017||Prem||FC Ural Yekaterinburg||Zenit St Petersburg||1:1||D|
|06.08.2017||Prem||Zenit St Petersburg||FC Spartak Moscow||5:1||W|
Utrecht is currently second on Eredivisie table after two round, with six points. They already eliminated two teams from Europa League qualifiers - in the second round they were better than Valletta from Malta by 3:1 on aggregate, while after two legs against Lech Poznan the result was 2:2, but Utrecht qualified for the next phase because of two away goals they scored in Poland.
Latest matches: FC Utrecht
|20.08.2017||Ered||FC Utrecht||Willem II Tilburg||2:0||W|
|16.08.2017||UEFA||FC Utrecht||Zenit St Petersburg||1:0||W|
|11.08.2017||Ered||ADO Den Haag||FC Utrecht||0:3||W|
|03.08.2017||UEFA||KKS Lech Poznan||FC Utrecht||2:2||D|
|27.07.2017||UEFA||FC Utrecht||KKS Lech Poznan||0:0||D|
Zenit is the favorite to win this match, but it won't be surprising if Utrecht stays undefeated in the upcoming game.
24 August 2017 - 17:00 GMT
Share your opinion about this preview by leaving a comment below.