Zenit St Petersburg vs Borussia Dortmund 02/25/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Pick and Preview
Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg
Tuesday 25th February 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Zenit St Petersburg 7/2 Draw 3/1 Borussia Dortmund 9/10 See the Latest Odds
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Taking a look at the games in the last sixteen and on paper from the results this season this game looks like a real mismatch. Zenit qualified with only six points and lost two of their four games in the Group stage but at home Zenit picked up a point in each of its three games. In fact Zanit have only lost at home once in the Champions League in its last seventeen home games, a 3-2 defeat to Ac Milan. With players of the calibre of Witsel, Hulk, Arshavin and Kerzhakov there are enough tangibles here for Spalletti's team to give Borussia Dortmund a few head aches. Add in the fact that the temperature in St Petersburg is meant to stay around zero this game could be an intruging fixture.
Borussia Dortmund come into this game off the back of a bad 3-0 loss away to Hamburg. Jurgen Klopp sent out a mostly first choice team but Dortmund were very poor. Unfortunately for Dortmund, inconsistancy has plagued the team all year and its the same inconsistancy that have left them third in the Bundesliga and almost got them knocked out in the Group stages of the Champions League. With Lewandowski, Reus, Sahin, Weidenfeller, Hummels there are lots of stars in this Borussia Dortmund team. Can they turn it on in the knockout stages of the competition?
I dont love this game at all. I think Borussia Dortmund have shown signs of life in the Bundesliga of late and with a squad as talented as theirs then they are always going to be tough to beat but a trip to Russia in the first weeks of Spring is not always appetising and I think Zenit have enough quality players to make this a tough tie for Borussia Dortmund. I am going to take the draw here as I see this one finishing 1-1. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo