Zenit must spark in attack if they are to turn around their 2-1 deficit against Sevilla, so here are our top tips for the tussle
As Sevilla continue to protect their Europa League crown, bookies.com brings you the best bets as the Bathtubs trek to Russia to take on Zenit St Petersburg for the second leg of their thrilling quarter-final clash.
Returning heroes: Hulk and Danny
Zenit’s attack should be souped-up by the return of Brazil battering ram Hulk, who is the Russian league leaders’ top scorer with 17 across all competitions. The powerful predator can certainly scare Sevilla, and is available to back at 13/2 with SkyBet to break the deadlock.
Having chipped in with two goals and as many assists in only four Europa League outings, Hulk is a tempting 2/1 with SkyBet to grab another anytime.
Also running to the Russian club’s rescue is dangerous attacking midfielder Danny, who is priced at 12/5 by bet365 to help overturn the 2-1 deficit anytime.
Super subs: Bacca and Suarez
Carlos Bacca brings so much to Sevilla’s attack and has hit 10 in Europe over the last two terms, but was restricted to an appearance off the bench last time out.
A combination of the lethal Colombian and Barcelona-owned midfield schemer Denis Suarez saw the Bathtubs fight back after Zenit steamed ahead, and both should feature again.
William Hill are offering crafty Bacca at 11/2 to have the final say, while Spanish starlet Suarez is 5/1 from BetVictor to surpass his superb volley with another strike anytime.
Unbreachable St Petersburg
Zenit have lost just twice at home this term and are yet to concede on their own turf in the Europa League. So, back the St Petersburg club at a best market price of 9/4 with Coral to keep a clean sheet at fortress Petrovsky Stadium, particularly with star defenders Domenico Criscito and Igor Smolnikov set to return.
Swashbuckling Sevilla travel well
Despite Zenit’s admirable defence, the Bathtubs have been rampant on the road this season, with just one European away loss, and should not be fazed by the trip to Russia.
Unbeaten across all competitions since February, bet365 are offering Sevilla at 23/10 to triumph over 90 minutes. Having hit three in each of their last two Europa League days, the Bathtubs are also excellent value at 22/1 with SkyBet to win by three or more.
Winners on the road to Warsaw?
Each time holders Sevilla have reached the last eight they have gone on to win the competition, while Zenit also lifted the trophy last time they reached this stage. With history to back them up, the victors of this clash could be worth backing with Coral, who are offering the Bathtubs at 3/1 to retain their trophy and Zenit at 9/1.
All odds were correct at time of posting.