Our football match prediction:
Zenit play host to Rosenborg at their Stadion Krestovskyi on Thursday evening. The Zenitchiki aim to cement top position in Group L and they are eager to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Vardar and Real Sociedad. The Russians are undisputedly the dominant force in their group and it is no surprise they are regarded as hot favourites on paper to win Thursday’s clash. Aleksandar Kokorin has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and the 26-year-old attacker will be the man to watch in the home team. Rosenborg did well to beat Vardar at home in their second group game, but their performances on the road in European competitions leave a lot to be desired and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. In their first away game in Group L the Norwegian side suffered a 4-0 loss to Real Sociedad.
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 (Rosenborg):
Rosenborg are undisputedly the most famous Norwegian club. The Troillongan have participated in the Champions League group stages on several occasions and they are the dominant force in the Norwegian Premier League. Rosenborg won their 24th (record) domestic title in 2016, with the team finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Brann. The Norwegian side are well known for their black and white kits and Lerkendal Stadion is the club’s home ground. The capacity of the venue is 21.405 and the stadium was opened back in 1947. John Carew is the most notable footballer who played for Rosenborg in the past and it has to be noted that the powerful centre-forward scored 18 goals in 18 appearances in the league for the Troillongan. Nowadays Nicklas Bendtner wears Rosenborg shirt, but he did not help the Norwegian champions make it to the Champions League group stages. Rosenborg eliminated Dundalk in the second qualifying round, but Scottish side Celtic proved to be a big catch for Kare Hedley Ingebrigtsen’s troops in round 3.