Zenit – Molde, Europa League Prediction
Zenit did something for the history against Dinamo Minsk and after losing 4-0 the first match and playing with a lot of reserves in it, they were expected to write off the second game. It looked as if the Russians had no priority to play in Europa League this season and will be focused entirely on the local championship. But Dinamo Minsk was also smashed by 4-0, and in extra time it became very interesting. First Zenit got a red card and then conceded a goal in the 99th minute. Shortly after the start of the second extra time part, with a one person less on the field and with a need for 2 clean goals, Zenith’s task seemed almost impossible, even for them, but they managed to do it and did not just score as much as they needed, but they destroyed the Belorussians by scoring 4 goals for 10 minutes and so the match finished 8-1 and Zenith qualified. The attack of the Russians this season is impressive and in the last round Ural was defeated by 4-1. Overall Zenit have recorded 10 wins, one draw and the loss against Dinamo Minsk in their last 12 games. Zenit have scored 30 goals in their last 12 games at home.
Molde are in good shape. They managed to eliminate Hibernian with classical 3-0 in Norway after 0-0 in the first match. They lost, however, in their last match against Stabek. There is a very big difference in their performance both at home and abroad. Of their last 12 away games they have only two victories, and against Hibernian, who are much weaker than Zenit, had a lot of difficulties in the first game, so it’s fair to say they were pretty lucky to get out of if with a clean sheet. Solskjaer will come out not to lose the game or at least not lose it with few goals difference so in this case to have a chance at least for the rematch.
Zenit reached the round of 16 last season, where they were eliminated from Leipzig. After their great victory in the last round, they obviously have ambitions again for this season. Molde are a traditional Norwegian team but are a serious underdog in this game. Our prediction is Zenit over 1.5 team goals at 1.53 as we have some additional options that have higher odds and you can try, too
- Zenit -1.5 AH – 1.93
- Zenit to win first half – 1.75
The only main missing players are Kokorin(CF) and Mammana(CB)
The only main missing player for Molde is Ellingsen(CM)