“Vardar” is familiar to Russian fans first of all by the fact that 14 years ago he did not admit to the Champions League of CSKA. Now the Macedonians got into one with the group with Zenit and will take Petrograders in the first round. Will the team from the banks of the Neva avoid an underestimation of its rivals? – Read the forecast of our experts.
Tournament: Europa League. Group L.
Venue: Philippe Second, (Skopje)
Date of the match: September 14, 2017
Football. League of Europe. Vardar – Zenith.
“Vardar” in this season became a real thunderstorm of authorities. He started the Macedonian club in the Champions League, where he was able to knock out Malmo (1: 1 away, 3: 1 at home), then won in his own field 1: 0 and at Copenhagen. However, then lost in Denmark 1: 4, but still in the final qualification of the League of Europe was. There was a loud sensation at all – at home Vardar defeated 2: 0 Fenerbahce, and then dealt with the Turks and away (2: 1). Take into account the results of the local championship do not want to, the team won two of the three starting matches.
“Zenith” powerfully began the season in the Premier League and after nine rounds he heads the field, without losing even once. In the Europa League, the first opponents of Petrograd were Bnei Yehuda (2: 0 away, 0: 1 at home) and Dutch Utrecht (0: 1 away, 2: 0 at home). Before the start in the group stage wards Roberto Mancini played an ambiguous match against Dynamo on the road – like the advantage Petrograders owned, but eventually a zero draw
Statistics and personal meetings
“Zenith” in the Premier League missed only three goals, taking into account the qualifications of the LE – 5 goals in 11 games
“Vardar” at home has not lost once, the difference of goals in three games 6: 1.
If you take a guest sample of the results of “Zenith”: 4-2-1 and the goal difference is 7: 1.
Whatever it was said, but the style of Zenith under Mancini changed seriously, the team markedly added to the defense, began to play more control, but in recent times has scored a little, the last two matches and completely became zero draws. “Vardar” has already shown that it is not worth underestimating it, at home the Macedonians are very good in all lines, so an easy walk for Petrograders will not work. We believe that Zenit points are possible and will score, as a more experienced and classy club, but you can not wait for high results. The defense of both teams is very good.