Benfica vs Zenit by Rahul
Zenit have not been playing really competitive football since their last Champions League encounter which was a 2-1 loss to Gent in the meaningless last group game. Zenit player well in their group, topping it on the way to 5 wins from 6 games during that time. Zenit scored 2 goals in every encounter during the group stage except for 1 only in that loss to Gent. They have shown lapses in concentration defensively leaking goals in 4 out of the 6 games played during that time. The big issue for Zenit will be the absence of really competitive football which could lead to lapses at the back but they are at least familiar with the surrounding having been playing some football against Scandinavian sides in Portugal; as they have been sitting there since 1st of February.
This game promises to be a feisty one just like they were in least years encounters group stage encounters with Zenit won, but the onus and momentum is equally balanced especially with Benfica in playing form. I expect both teams to score and provide us some solid entertainment as a performance in Portugal will be key before moving to play in cold Russia in 2 weeks time.
|Both Teams to Score||Unibet||2.08||7||1-0 LOST (-7 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.