Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bordeaux will be looking to get their revenge on Zenit for a 2-1 loss in Sankt Petersburg when the two teams face each other at Stade Matmut-Atlantique on Thursday evening. Bordeaux have been struggling in the Europa League this season, with the team suffering a loss in each of their three group games. Les Girondins have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Zenitchiki, but beating the star-studded Russian side is easier said than done. Zenit sit in top position in Group C ahead of the trip to France and seeing that they will have a number of opportunities to score on the break, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. A man to watch in the away side will be Russian attacker Artem Dzyuba, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Cornelius):
The 23-year-old Danish international Andreas Cornelius plays as a striker for F.C. Copenhagen. Product of the youth set-up, Cornelius started his professional career at F.C. Copenhagen in 2012 when he joined the first-team of the Danish giants. His first goal for Copenhagen came in the very first game of the new season 2012-13 against Odense, when Cornelius scored an opening goal in a 2-2 draw.
Cornelius’ immediate impact and impression in the first-team quickly made him the fan favourite. The Danish striker became one of the most popular players of the club despite playing only one full season with the first team before he was transferred to Cardiff City in 2013. Cornelius was unfortunate to sustain a recurrent ankle injury which prevented him from making his stamp in the new team and which also reduced his playing time to only 8 Premier League performances.
Not only did Cornelius miss three months of club football, but he also failed at the chance to compete for his country in their final qualification games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Cornelius ended up returning to Copenhagen in January 2014, where he has so far played more than 65 matches and enjoyed 18 goals.
Highlighted Team (Zenit Petersburg):
Zenit Saint Petersburg are a Russian football club that was founded by workers of Leningrad Metal Plant in 1925. Over the years the Zenitchiki have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Russian football, but they won their first domestic trophy in 1984.
Zenit have been impressive in the national championship in the 21st century, winning four league titles, while clinching two Russian Cups (2010, 2016). The Zenitchiki are a regular participant of the Champions League group stages and in 2008 they did well to win the UEFA Cup. The Russian outfit defeated Glasgow Rangers (2-0) in the title game, with Denisov and Zyryanov both finding the net in the final of the competition.
Zenit play their home games at Krestovsky Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2016. Gazprom are the club’s main sponsors and the colour of their home shirts is white-sky blue. Brazilian ace Hulk is probably the most notable footballer who played for Zenit.