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Celtic enjoy a slender lead in this Europa League last-32 tie with Zenit St Petersburg thanks to a 1-0 win at Celtic Park in the first leg. Callum McGregor scored in the 78th minute in front of the home fans, however a string of chances were squandered by the Scottish champions and in reality the scoreline could have been far more convincing. The big question is, will the Hoops be made to pay for their wastefulness?
Zenit were somewhat lacking in the first leg of this tie, hardly a surprise really given that this was their first competitive outing since mid-December. Boss Roberto Mancini will be confident that his men will put in a far more impressive showing on home turf tonight, however will it be enough to enable them to edge past the visitors and into the last-sixteen?
Celtic were certainly on top form in the last meeting between these sides although Brendan Rodgers' men are generally less impressive away from home in European competition. They did thrash Anderlecht to the tune of 3-0 on their group stage travels, however that was a pretty rare away win and we're far from confident that they can hold onto their slender lead in St Petersburg this evening.
The Hoops have triumphed in just four of their last nineteen European away games and this doesn't bode too well ahead of tonight's clash with a Zenit outfit which won each of their Europa League group home games as well as eleven of their thirteen home matches in all European competition. This statistic speaks for itself and while we wouldn't be surprised were Celtic to help themselves to an away goal this evening, we envisage Zenit winning this tie in sufficient fashion for them to progress into the next stage of the tournament.
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