Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Saint-Petersburg Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Zenit and Slavia Prague. Zenit kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Copenhagen despite leading at half-time break. The Zenitchiki have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, so it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win their first home game in the 2018/2019 Europa League season. The Russian side are likely to go all guns blazing at Slavia Prague and we predict that the hosts are going to prove their worth on the field. The Czechs have been in a splendid form in the national championship, but seeing that Zenit are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the Russians. In their last home game in the competition Zenit defeated Norwegian side Molde by 3 goals to 1.
Highlighted Player (Artem Dzyuba):
Over the years Artem Dzyuba has established himself as one of the best players in the Russian Premier League. The 196-cm-tall attacker began his senior career at Spartak Moscow and after ending his loan spells with Tom Tomsk and Rostov, he moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015.
Artem Dzyuba scored 15 goals for the Zenitchiki in the 2015-16 Russian Premier League campaign, while providing nine assists for his teammates. The Russian forward was not as successful in the 2016/2017 season as he scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for Roberto Mancini’s troops, while having six assists. Dzyuba made his debut for the Russia national football team in November 2011 in a friendly game against Greece, but he did not represent Russia at the Euro 2012 finals.
The Zenit striker scored his first goal for the Russian national team on September 8, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein. Artem Dzyuba was born in Moscow (Soviet Union) on August 22, 1988 and he is a product of Spartak Moscow football school.
Highlighted Team (Slavia Prague):
Slavia Prague is considered one of the most famous teams in Czech Republic. The Cervenobili won the Czechoslovak First League on 13 occasions and they lifted their fourth Czech First League in 2017. Despite winning the domestic trophy in the 2016/2017 season, Slavia Prague eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages as they were beaten by APOEL of Cyprus in the play-offs. Sparta Prague are regarded as Slavia’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the Prague derby.
The club was founded on November 2, 1892 and it has to be noted that the club was initially focused on cycling. In March 1896 Slavia Prague recorded their first ever victory, with the team beating AC Prague 5-0. The Cervenobili play their home games at Eden Arena and the capacity of the venue is 19.084 (football). Slavia Prague are well known for their red and white shirts and white shorts.