Fenerbahce and Zenit St Petersburg have their sights set on Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu in a UEFA Europa League meeting (16 round-robin). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. Special attention is needed for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results in their home and away games. The home side managed to gain access to this phase of the Europa League (round of 32) after second place in Group D with a total of 8 points. This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. In the last game he played, for Super LIga, lost with Kayserispor off by (1-0). In the last 10 home games Fenerbahce have recorded 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never managed to turn the score. Fenerbahce enter this unmotivated game after a 1-0 defeat at the Kayserispor in the Turkish championship. We emphasize that the home team have had great difficulties this season, alternating between good and bad results. To reach this phase of the Europa League, Fenerbahce finished in 2nd place in Group D with 8 points earned. One of the best qualities of the team trained by Ersun Yanal is the ease with which they can use spaces to apply the counterattack: André Ayew is one of the team's fastest great players. At the individual level we highlight Michael Frey, being this one of the best finalizers of Fenerbahce with 5 goals scored. Offside of this game because of injury: Cigerci, Ersu, Guctekin and Ciftpinar.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
The visiting team managed to gain access to this phase of the Europa League (round of 32) after first place in Group C with a total of 11 points. This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last game he played for the Friendly, he beat Sarpsborg 08 out (1-2). In the last 5 games as a visitor to the Europa League Zenit St Petersburg has 2 draws and 3 losses. For this competition, you do not win as a visitor for 5 games. The team has conceded goals in 7 of their last 10 games, so they have not shown great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, as they managed to achieve in 8 of the last 10 games in this competition. In 10 games in this competition, he managed to get back on the scoring in 2 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. Zenit St Petersburg enters this stage of the competition due to their first place in Group C after finishing 11 points. We must remember that the visitors have done several preparation games, since the Russian championship is suffering a stop during the winter. It is important to point out that Zenit has already won this competition, with the name of Uefa Cup, in the 2007/2008 season. In this game against Fenerbahce, coach Sergey Semak is expected to play 4-3-3 favoring quick transitions from the sides. Artem Dzyuba is the best finisher of this team in official matches with 10 goals scored. The visiting coach can not count on Kuzyaev, Noboa and Erokhin, all with physical problems.