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Betting Tips for Today: Home advantage to prove crucial for Zenit St Petersburg

5:47 PM WAT 07/03/2019
Claudio Marchisio Zenit
Villarreal face a daunting trip to Russia in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash and the home side look worthy of support at Evens

Despite plenty of big names remaining in contention for the Europa League, few boast a stronger home record than Zenit St Petersburg.

888Sport go Evens (2.0) about the Russian side taking a first leg advantage against Villarreal and that looks an attractive price.

Including the preliminary rounds Sergei Semak's side have played six Europa League games at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium this season, winning all of them.

After an early scare against Dinamo Minsk where the Russian side needed extra time to progress 8-5 on aggregate, they've gone from strength to strength at this stadium.

Villarreal for their part are 29/10 (3.90) to leave Russia with a victory and the draw is priced at 23/10 (3.30) with 888Sport.

Zenit's record on the road is poor, they've lost six of their previous eight European away games. With form like that the home side will feel the need to force the issue in front of their own fans in order to take a lead to Estadio de la Ceramica next week.

The Yellow Submarine beat Sporting in the previous round but that is their only away win of the campaign in the Europa League this term.

While the visitors have performed well in this competition, domestically they're in real danger of slipping out of the Spanish top-flight.

Back-to-back La Liga losses see Villarreal inside the relegation zone and the weekend brings a vital trip to Levante who sit just three places above them. A potential distraction such as that should only add weight to the case for backing a home win in the match odds market.

Zenit sit atop of the Russian Premier League after 18 games, so they should be able to fully focus on further progress on the European stage.

At Evens (2.0) they look overpriced at record a seventh consecutive Europa League home win. Especially against a team who could have one eye on a crucial domestic clash and who know that their opponents have a serious bout of travel sickness to contend with in the reverse fixture.

Zeni to win at Evens (2.0) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport