Zenit St Petersburg vs Bayer Leverkusen 11/04/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Preview
Bayer Leverkusen vs Zenit St Petersburg
Tuesday 4th November 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: Zenit St Petersburg 7/5 Draw 5/2 Bayer Leverkusen 21/10 See the Latest Odds
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The early kickoff in the Champions League (due to the time difference in Russia) will see Zenit St Petersburg host Bayer Leverkusen. Bayer Leverkusen are currently top of the group with six points and a win in Russia would all but guarantee progress to the knockout stage. Leverkusen eeked out a 2-0 win over Zenit in the return fixture although it was a game in which Zenit under performed. Bayer will look to Kiebling and Son as a front two partnerahip to lead Leverkusen to victory in Russia, it is going to be a big ask for the German side with Bender, Bellarabi key in stopping Witsel and danny getting possession in the middle third. A tough game for Bayer Leverkusen and one in which I think they will be happy to leave Russia with a point.
Andre Villa Boas knows his side must win tomorrow to give themselves a real chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League. With Rondon, Wistel, Hulk , Danny and possibly Arshavin, AVB has match winners. Zenti have won seven of nine in all competitions at home this year and are a formidable side. I was impressed with how Zenit played in the two earlier games against Benfica and Monaco but they were a little underwhelming last time out against Leverkusen. Hulk and Rondon will have to cause more problems up front, put themselves about a little more and get on the end of the through balls from Witsel.
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I like Zenit here, I think at home they will put in a perfromance. They did struggle against Bayer Leverkusen last time out but it was more a terrific defensive performance from a well coached Bayer side. Leverkusen though have struggled on their travels and have failed to win in their last five away games in all competitions including a 1-0 loss to Monaco in the Champions League. I am taking Zenit at a decent price of 7/5.