Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Dundalk managed to pick up one point from their opener against AZ Alkmaar and, to make things even better for the fans, the Lilywhites recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their first home game in Group D. The Irish outfit do not want to stop now and they will certainly give their all to grab something from Thursday’s football match against Zenit. The Russian outfit, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record intact in Group D and seeing that the visitors have been in a thrilling form of late, we predict that they are going to extend their winning run in the Europa League. Zenit are on a three-match winning run in all competitions and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the cards. A man to watch in the away team will be Brazilian ace Giuliano, who has been scoring goals for fun this season.
Highlighted Player (Axel Witsel):
Axel Witsel is Belgian footballer who plays for Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg. The 186-cm-tall midfielder began his senior career at Standard Liege and after spending five years at the Belgian club, he moved to Benfica in 2011. Witsel impressed in the 2011/2012 Primeira Liga campaign and, as a result, Zenit chiefs decided to sign him on 3 September, 2012. The Belgian footballer scored 4 goals in 19 league appearances for the Zenitchiki in the 2012/2013 Russian Premier League campaign and he has been producing fine displays for the Russian outfit ever since he joined the club. Speaking of his international career, Alex Witsel has nine caps for Belgium U-21 side and he made his debut for the first team on 26 March, 2008. The Belgian midfielder represented his homeland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he played for the Red Devils at the 2016 European Championship finals as well.
Highlighted Team (Dundalk):
Dundalk are the second most successful club in the Republic of Ireland in the term of titles won. In 2015 Dundalk clinched their 11th Premier Division trophy and the same season they lifted their 10th FAI Cup title. The club was founded in 1903 and their biggest rivals are Drogheda United. The Lilywhites made it to the 2016/2017 Europa League group stages and, against all odds, they shared the spoils with AZ Alkmaar in Netherlands on their debut in Group D. Dundalk play their home matches at Oriel Park and the capacity of the stadium is 4,500 (3,000 seated). The venue was opened in 1919 and in 2005 the pitch was converted to an all-weather surface, becoming the first ever Irish club to do so. Their home colours are white and black, whilst they play their away games in black jerseys with yellow stripes and black shorts. Joey Donnelly is one of the notable footballers who played for Dundalk in the past as he scored 141 goals for the club in all competitions.