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Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Real Betis 2/17/22 UEFA Europa League Soccer Picks, Predictions, Odds

Real Betis at Zenit
February 17, 2022 12:45 pm EDT
The Line: Real Betis +185 / Zenit St. Petersburg +150 // Total: 2.5
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Zenit St. Petersburg and Real Betis face off on Thursday in Leg 1 of their Group of 16 showdown at Krestovsky Stadium. This is the first meeting ever played between the two teams. 

Zenit was a part of the Champions League but finished in third place in Group H behind Chelsea and Juventus. Zenit finished with one win, two draws, and three losses. Their last game in the Champions League was against Chelsea, and they were actually able to play to a 3-3 draw in that game. Zenit’s last game overall was against Brondby, and they were able to win that game 2-1. So far this season, Zenit has scored 44 goals while giving up 22 goals in the Russian Premier League. Artem Dzyuba has been the star of this team all year, and he has scored 10 goals and added four assists. 

On the other side of this matchup is Real Betis who finished in second place of Group G in the Europa League behind Leverkusen. They were able to secure three wins, one draw and two losses. Their last game overall came against Levante, and they were able to win that game 4-2. Nabil Fekir was the top player in that game scoring two goals in the 14th and 49th minute. Real Betis has scored 45 goals while giving up 29 goals in La Liga. There are four different players that have scored at least six goals .Juanmi has been the top player for Real Betis scoring 12 goals and adding another assist. In this game, Real Betis is going to need the offense to be strong early. 

Real Betis has played the tougher schedule this year coming in La Liga, and I think their offense is going to be too much for Zenit. Real Betis scored four goals in their last game and they will continue the offensive success. Real Betis is going to score goals early, and they will come away with the victory. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Real Betis ML +185

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