Benfica vs Zenit St Petersburg Odds – Tuesday 16th February 2016 – 19:45 – BT Sport 2
Benfica are at 23/20 with the draw available at odds of 11/5 and Zenit are at 13/5
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Benfica welcome Zenit St Petersburg to the Estadio da Luz in a match that sees the return of the Champions League after a two month hiatus, Zenit head into the fixture with their last competitive match in the last group stage match against Gent, this is a huge advantage for Benfica.
Benfica finished runners up to Atletico in Group C but in doing so they amassed an impressive ten points, they have domestically won 12 of their 14 fixtures since the loss to Atletico on matchday six. Their last result in Portuguese Liga was a 2-1 defeat to rivals FC Porto and this result has left them 2nd in the league, three points behind Sporting Lisbon.
Zenit Look To Maintain Excellent Form
The visitors Zenit St Petersburg have been one of the form teams in the Champions League, they had an excellent Group H campaign and had it not been for a final day defeat to Gent would have had a perfect record in the qualification period, they would have become only the sixth club to achieve the feat.
They haven’t played a competitive fixture since that match against Gent, this is a major pitfall of being involved in the Russian league but they have done as much as they can in terms of preparation by organising six friendlies. This shows how seriously manager Andre Villas Boas is taking the competition and momentum going into the latter stages could be crucial and it would be a shame to see the Russian side fail to capitalise on their excellent group stage campaign.
Benfica head into this fixture in excellent form in the Portuguese Liga and have a record of five wins and one loss in their last six. Zenit have an identical record of five wins and the one loss in their last six matches and based on these statistics alone this should be an evenly matched contest between two excellent sides in the Champions League.
Both teams are 10/11 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Benfica are Jonas at 7/2 with Kostas Mitroglou at 5/1. For Zenit Hulk is at 11/2 with Artem Dzyuba at 13/2.
The last time these sides played in 2014 in the Champions League Zenit won 1-0 and the odds of the same score line are 15/2.
Benfica vs Zenit St Petersburg Betting Tips
Tip 1 – Hulk to score first @ 11/2
Tip 2 – 1-1 draw @ 9/2