Our football match prediction:
Zenit will be aiming to overcome a two-goal deficit in the tie against Anderlecht when the two teams face each other at Stadion Petrovskiy in Sankt-Petersburg on Thursday. The Zenitchiki have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at their rivals and, no doubt, coach Mircea Lucescu is going to field the best possible side against the Purple and White. The star-studded Russian team recorded 12 wins in previous 13 home games in the Europa League and we predict that they will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. It is well known that Anderlecht’s displays on the road leave a lot to be desired and we would not be surprised if they suffer a heavy loss to Zenit in the return leg. Frank Acheampong scored a brace for the Belgian outfit in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the Ghana attacker at bay.
Highlighted Player (Ivanovic):
Over the years Branislav Ivanovic has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world football. Bane plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back as well. The Serbian defender has been playing for Chelsea since 2008 and he used to play for the likes of Srem, OFK Beograd and Lokomotiv Moscow in the past as well. Ivanovic leaves his heart on the field in every single match and that is the main reason why the fans love him. He is known for his aerial ability as well and it has to be noted that he has scored 22 goals for Chelsea since arriving to Stamford Bridge in 2008. The Serbian footballer has won two Premier League trophies with the Blues, but the Champions League trophy won in 2012 is considered the biggest success of his career. Branislav is married to Natasa, who gave birth to his four children.
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition. The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063. The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.