Our football match prediction:
Zenit play host to Leipzig at their Stadion Krestovskyi in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. The Zenitchiki are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive win at home in the Europa League. The Russian side scored a vital away goal in a 2-1 loss to Leipzig at Red Bull Arena, but they need to beat the Bundesliga side in Sankt Petersburg if they are to make it to the quarter-finals. Leipzig did well to eliminate Napoli in the last 32, but you should bear in mind that the Neapolitans rested several first-team regulars in the two-legged tie against the Serie A club. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, but we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in the return leg as they have turned their Stadion Krestovkyi into a real fortress.
Highlighted Player (Branislav 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 (RB Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 3. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons. Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954. Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.